Live from the courtroom: Tim Bosma murder trial set to begin

HAMILTON - The trial of two accused killers of a Hamilton man who went missing after taking two men for a test drive nearly three years ago begins this morning.

See Full Article

Tim Bosma left his home on May 6, 2013 and was never seen alive again - his body was found "burned beyond recognition" more than a week later.

Dellen Millard, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, from Oakville, Ont., are both charged with first-degree murder in Bosma's death.

Lawyers for both men have said they will plead not guilty to the charges.

Seven men and seven women have been selected to the jury plus two alternates, a process that took a little more than a week.

Justice Andrew Goodman has told jurors that the trial is expected to last four months.

Bosma's wife, Sharlene, said goodbye to her husband around 9:20 p.m. A few days later she told the media her husband said, with a smile, he'd be right back. Within an hour without hearing from him, she called police and by the next morning, a massive manhunt was on.

"I ask and I beg and I plead to whomever has my husband to please let him go," she said through tears at the news conference.

"It was just a truck, it was just a truck."

Bosma was 32 years old at the time of his death and left behind a young daughter.

According to police, a man phoned Bosma to arrange a test drive for his black, 2007 Dodge Ram pickup that he had advertised for sale online. That night in May, two men showed up at his house. The police response to find Bosma was massive, upwards of 150 officers participating across numerous regions in southern Ontario.

Police have said they believe Bosma was killed shortly after he went missing.

Millard was arrested on May 10 and charged with forcible confinement and theft of a vehicle.

The search for Bosma continued, with investigators searching two properties owned by Millard, who is the heir to an aviation business started by his grandfather nearly 50 years ago. Several days later police found Bosma's truck.

Then they found his body, which police said was "burned beyond recognition."

On May 22, police arrested Mark Smich.

Both were charged with first-degree murder.

In mid-July 2014, the attorney general's office approved a direct indictment that sent the case straight to trial on the first-degree murder charge alone against Millard and Smich, skipping the preliminary hearing. It is a rare legal move in Ontario.

According to a Crown policy manual on the Ministry of the Attorney General's website, "this power is an extraordinary one and is used infrequently."

Three Crown Attorneys will prosecute the case while Millard and Smich area each represented by two lawyers.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Oakland warehouse fire: 'It’s too early to speculate on anything' [Photos] [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    OAKLAND, Calif. — The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire has grown to 36 and authorities say they expect the number to rise when they resume work later Monday following a temporary work stoppage. A wall is leaning inward, posing a safety hazard to those who have been searching the building which erupted in fire Friday night. Source
  • Founder of Oakland artists' colony showed little regard for others, colleagues say

    World News CTV News
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being, according to relatives, neighbours and acquaintances. Source
  • Montreal's 'ugly' Christmas tree draws in spectators

    Canada News CTV News
    A giant Christmas tree in Montreal is being compared to an “ugly Christmas sweater” -- so unattractive it’s actually charming. The 26-metre balsam fir is not only scraggly and lopsided, but it’s decorated with mini red Canadian Tire logos that only add to the tackiness. Source
  • Biden not ruling out presidential bid in 2020

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - You heard it here first, more than a month before Donald Trump even enters the White House: Joe Biden says he's running for president in 2020 - maybe. The departing 74-year-old vice-president said it with a slight smile on his face. Source
  • Trump, who once called global warming a hoax, meets with climate change activist Al Gore

    World News CBC News
    Former vice-president Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a "productive" session. Gore, a Democrat, spent about 90 minutes in meetings at the president-elect's Trump Tower apartment and office building in Manhattan. Source
  • Lovett says she failed little Ryan

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    The defence is arguing its case today at the trial of a woman who treated her son with dandelion tea and oil of oregano before he died of a strep infection. Tamara Lovett's trial is entering its second week in a Calgary courtroom. Source
  • Sailor launches class action lawsuit alleging abuse of LGBT in military

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA - A former sailor alleges in a proposed class-action lawsuit that there is a culture of sexual harassment and fear in Canada's Armed Forces. Nicola Peffers says in a statement of claim that female and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered members of the Armed Forces are routinely subjected to sexual harassment and abuse. Source
  • Standing Rock Sioux chairman will support pipeline fights — but his goal isn’t to stop all pipelines

    World News CBC News
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Dave Archambault, who has been at the centre of a contentious pipeline debate in North Dakota, says he's willing to support future pipeline fights — including those in Canada. "If I have an opportunity to make a difference for this world, and if that means standing up with people who have a strong belief and help them with their cause, I'll be more than willing to be there," he told CBC News Monday from the Standing Rock tribal chambers in Fort Yates,…
  • Bodies of Calgary parents found by their kids

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Two people dead from what police believe were drug overdoses were found by their four children. Staff Sgt. Mark Hatchette with the Calgary Police Service said a 14-year-old phoned 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. When first responders got to the 30 block of Glengrove Close S.W. Source
  • Alberta 'Creep Catcher' charged in Lacombe 'bust'

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    LACOMBE, Alta. — A member of a vigilante group has been charged with criminal harassment and mischief in an incident in central Alberta. Chief Lorn Blumhagen of Lacombe police says the alleged victim had been communicating online with a person through a social media website for the past three months. Source