A 59-year-old man made a brief appearance Thursday in Dartmouth provincial court on a charge of second-degree murder, after another man was discovered dead at a Portland Street rooming house earlier this week.

Acting on information from an East Division beat member, Halifax Regional Police say they checked the residence at 214 Portland St. in Dartmouth in regards to a possible injured person at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Instead, they arrived to find the body of a man, who has since been identified as 33-year-old Gordon Alexander Murray of Dartmouth.


Police later arrested the suspect on scene and took him into custody. They charged him with second-degree murder overnight Wednesday.

At the scene late Tuesday night, several area residents told Metro Halifax the home where police say the murder took place is known in the neighbourhood as a crack house.

Sheriffs accompanied Lloyd Alexander Wilmot, 59, of Dartmouth into the courtroom. Wilmot never spoke during the short session, and the matter was held over until June 25 for possible election and plea.

Wilmot is being remanded at the Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside.