One of two men accused of killing Tim Bosma won’t take the stand in his defence

The accused killer of a Hamilton man who disappeared after taking two strangers on a test drive in a truck he was trying to sell will not testify in his own defence.

HAMILTON — The accused killer of a Hamilton man who disappeared after taking two strangers on a test drive in a truck he was trying to sell will not testify in his own defence.

“The defence elects to call no evidence,” said Dellen Millard’s lawyer, Ravin Pillay, in court on Monday.

After a short recess, the lawyer for Millard’s co-accused, Mark Smich, said he will call evidence in the case, which means Smich could take the stand. At that point, Millard looked over at Smich and shook his head.

Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma.

The Crown, which closed its case earlier on Monday, alleges Bosma was shot at point-blank range in his pickup truck and his body later burned in an animal incinerator — dubbed “The Eliminator” — that police found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.

Bosma vanished on May 6, 2013.

The jury heard that human bones were found inside the incinerator and that they were so badly burned they couldn’t be forensically identified.

A forensic investigator said a drop of blood found on the exterior of the incinerator was likely Bosma’s — with only one in a quadrillion chance it didn’t come from the 32-year-old Hamilton father.

Bosma’s blood was found throughout his black Dodge Ram pickup truck and a bullet’s shell casing was found inside the vehicle. Court heard police discovered Bosma’s truck inside a trailer at Millard’s mother’s house north of Toronto.

The Crown began its case in early February with emotional testimony from Bosma’s widow, Sharlene Bosma, who described seeing two men leave with her husband around 9 p.m. The last two witnesses called by the Crown were the two accused’s girlfriends.

Christina Noudga, Millard’s girlfriend at the time, testified that her former boyfriend asked her to tamper with evidence. Those requests were detailed by Millard in letters that were secretly smuggled to Noudga while he was in jail after Bosma’s death, and eventually found when she was arrested.

Noudga faces trial for accessory after the fact in Bosma’s death.

In one letter to Noudga, Millard blamed his co-accused for Bosma’s death.

“It was Mark (Smich) who f–ked up a truck robbery, not me,” Millard wrote to Noudga. “And just because I helped clean up Mark’s mess, does not mean I should also pay for it.”

At the end of many of his letters, Millard wrote: “Destroy this letter now!!!!!”

Marlena Meneses, Smich’s girlfriend at the time, testified that he told her it was Millard who shot and killed the Hamilton man.

“He told me that Mr. Bosma was gone, gone,” an emotional Meneses said in court a few weeks ago. “He just said that Dell (Millard) murdered him.”

She said the pair picked her up the morning after Bosma disappeared.

“They were just really happy, saying they wanted to celebrate,” Meneses testified.

The trial resumes Wednesday.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Red Deer College Queens host third annual Pink in the Rink game

The RDC Queens picked up an extra special victory on home ice… Continue reading

PHOTOS: The Mustard Seed CEO speaks at Seeds of Hope Gala in Red Deer

The first-ever Seeds of Hope Gala was held at the Red Deer… Continue reading

PHOTO: Renewable Energy Fair at Red Deer College

The Renewable Energy Fair and Workshops event was held at Red Deer… Continue reading

Person airlifted to hospital after collision near Innisfail

One person was airlifted to hospital after a serious collision west of… Continue reading

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Migrant caravan swells to 5,000, resumes advance toward US

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the… Continue reading

“I don’t feel real”: Mental stress mounting after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the… Continue reading

Toronto residents set to vote Monday on the next four years of civic leaders

Toronto’s municipal election campaign, marked by unprecedented provincial interference, ends Monday when… Continue reading

Former PQ minister Lise Payette remembered as role model for female politicians

MONTREAL — Members from across Quebec’s political spectrum gathered at a downtown… Continue reading

Voters head to polls for BC municipal elections today, some complain of long lines

VANCOUVER — Voters in British Columbia are heading to the polls today… Continue reading

Kennedy Stewart named mayor of Vancouver; one of several B.C. turnovers

VANCOUVER — Former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart has won a neck-and-neck… Continue reading

‘In our bloodline:’ Land-based learning links curriculum with Indigenous culture

REGINA — A school day for six-year-old Hunter Sasakamoose can start with… Continue reading

‘Stupid’ law preventing Canada’s re-engagement with Iran: retired envoy

OTTAWA — The real reason the Liberal government hasn’t been able to… Continue reading

Most Read