With his military buzzcut growing ever shaggier from his time spent in prison, Col. Russell Williams, the notorious former commander of CFB Trenton, briefly appeared in a Belleville court via video link Thursday. Coming first on a full docket of prisoners broadcasting out of the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee, Ontario, a downcast Williams was told he’d be remanded in custody until another appearance on April 29, to which he responded “Yes, thank you.” The case is being held over to allow Williams’ lawyer time to examine a disclosure package. The colonel stands accused of the first degree murders of Jessica Lloyd and Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, as well as counts of breaking and entering, forcible confinement and the sexual assault of two other women. He was arrested on February 7th after police at a roadblock noticed similarities between his tires and tracks found near Lloyd’s home, and has spoken openly with investigators about his crimes since being arrested. The story has become so clear the police are visiting him less frequently, although the military is still staying in contact with Williams through its representative overseeing the trial, Lt-Col Tony O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe visited Williams in prison about two weeks ago. “He is where he should be…he’s not the man I know,” he said of his friend of nine years. “He hasn’t said a word… I’m guessing he’s not getting a lot of rest.”
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