Police officers take stand on 3rd day of Tim Bosma murder trial

Members of the Hamilton Police Service are testifying at the trial of two men accused of killing a man who took them for a test drive in his truck.

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Greg Jackson and Paul Hamilton, with the Hamilton police, took the stand on Wednesday in the trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.

Millard and Smich are accused of first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Tim Bosma, who was last seen alive when he left his home on May 6, 2013. Bosma's severely burned body was found a week later. The accused have both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Jackson was called to the stand on the third day of the trial at a Hamilton court. His unit was assigned to Bosma's missing person's case the day after the victim went missing.

Jackson's unit went through phone records, and discovered that Bosma had taken a call on the day of his disappearance from a number registered to "Lucas Bates."

Police could not find a person with the same name, and noticed the address on the phone contract led to a Toronto high school.

The same phone had called two other numbers, so Jackson called them and spoke to a man who said he was selling a Dodge Ram. The man told Jackson that he had taken two men for a test drive, and described one of them as having a tattoo on his wrist that said "ambition."

Jackson was told by two sources that Millard also had an "ambition" tattoo on his wrist, so he looked up Millard's phone records. Jackson told the court that the two phones were in similar locations at similar times, according to information from cell towers.

After Millard was identified as a suspect, Jackson asked two members of the police force to speak to him. One of the officers was Hamilton, who was called to testify next.

The detective-sergeant told the court about visiting the Millard Air airplane hangar in Breslau, Ont. on May 10. The hangar belongs to the business owned by Millard's family.

"We asked him if we could look around the airport hangar. He responded, 'I thought you were going to say that,'" Hamilton said.

The Crown alleges that Millard and Smich took Bosma's body to the hangar to burn in an incinerator after shooting the victim in his vehicle. Mark and Smich have denied the allegations.



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