July 16, 2014 11:50 am

Tim Bosma: A timeline of the police investigation

Tim Bosma with his wife and child in an undated family photo.

Handout / Hamilton Police / Bosma Family

TORONTO - Dellen Millard and Mark Smich could be on trial in early 2015 after the attorney general’s office agreed to a rare request by the Crown to skip a preliminary trial.

Smich and Millard are both accused of killing Tim Bosma after he was lured away from his Ancaster home for a test drive of his truck.

Millard is also charged with murder in connection to the death of his father Wayne Millard and missing Torontonian Laura Babcock.

As details continue to emerge, below is a timeline of the Tim Bosma case.

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May 5, 2013: Police say two men – believed to be the suspects in the Bosma disappearance test drive a truck in Toronto. The man whose truck was driven told police he found them suspicious.

May 6, 2013: Bosma, 32, leaves his Ancaster, Ont. home in his Dodge Ram 3500 truck at around 9:30 p.m. in the company of two men who responded to an ad Bosma placed online. Bosma’s truck is later spotted in Brantford (according to a tip police received during their investigation).

May 7, 2013: Hamilton Police Service release a statement declaring Bosma officially missing.

May 9, 2013: Bosma’s wife Sharlene gives a public press conference pleading for his return.

May 10, 2013: Police announce that they have located Bosma’s cellphone while searching an industrial area in Brantford, and release updated descriptions of the two suspects. Kijiji issues a statement regarding Tim Bosma’s disappearance.

May 11, 2013: Police arrest and charge Dellen Millard, 27, with forcible confinement and theft over $5,000 late Saturday morning.

May 12, 2013: Bosma’s mother makes a public plea for her son’s return. Bosma’s truck is found at the Kleinburg, Ont., home of Madeleine Millard, suspect Dellen Millard’s mother.

May 14, 2013: Hamilton police Chief Glenn De Caire says officers have discovered what they believe are Bosma’s remains. The remains appear to have been burned.

Hamilton Police Staff Sgt. Matt Kavanagh says Millard will be charged with first degree murder.

He also reveals that Bosma was targeted and likely died soon after his disappearance.

May 15, 2013: Millard is formally charged with first-degree murder. He was ordered detained until a bail hearing can be arranged, and will appear again by video remand on June 13.

May 16, 2013: Hamilton Police find an incinerator on a large plot of land in Ayr, Ontario owned by Dellen Millard.

Police say that Bosma’s remains were found in the Waterloo region but will not confirm at which location.

Investigations continue on the Waterloo properties – the Ayr farm and hangars at the Waterloo Airport – owned by Millard.

May 17, 2013: Police say they have received over 700 tips from the public in regards to the death of Tim Bosma.

May 21, 2013: Deepak Paradkar, the lawyer for Dellen Millard, says media reports based on alleged police leaks are turning public opinion against his client.

Various media outlets have claimed that Toronto police have reopened the investigation into Millard’s father’s apparent suicide.

There have also been reports that Toronto Police are investigating a connection between Millard and Laura Babcock – a Toronto woman who went missing in 2012.

May 22, 2013: Hundreds gather at a memorial service for Bosma.

Sharlene Bosma says her husband was a storyteller whose embellishments would grow with each tale, and a doting father to their two-year-old daughter.

Minutes after the memorial service for Bosma ends, Hamilton police confirm that they have arrested a second suspect.  Mark Smich, 25, is scheduled to appear in court the next day to face a charge of first-degree murder.

VIDEO: Second suspect arrested in Bosma case (May 22)

May 23, 2013: Smich is formally charged with first-degree murder. The suspect’s  lawyer says his client will plead not guilty.

Smich is remanded into custody until his next court appearance on June 13.

May 28, 2013: Toronto Police homicide investigators confirm to Global News that they have received a search warrant for Dellen Millard’s farm in Ayr, Ontario.

However, police do not confirm which homicide they are investigating.

June 13, 2013: Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have their case put over until August.

The two men, clad in orange jumpsuits, said little during separate appearances via video in a Hamilton courtroom.

September 09, 2013: Toronto police, with the assistance of Hamilton police, return to the Waterloo-area farm owned by Dellen Millard.

The investigation is related to the disappearance of Laura Babcock, a friend of Millard’s, who disappeared in July 2012.

April 10, 2014: 21-year-old Christina Noudga is charged with accessory after the fact to murder in connection with the death of Tim Bosma.On the same day, Dellen Millard is charged with the murder of his father Wayne Millard and missing Toronto woman Laura Babcock. Millard’s co-accused, Mark Smich, is also charged with murder in connection to Babcock’s death.

July 16, 2014: In a rare move, the attorney general’s office has agreed to a request made by the Crown to have Dellen Millard and Mark Smich skip a preliminary trial.

A trial could begin in early 2015.

With files from The Canadian Press

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