Tim Bosma: A timeline of the police investigation and murder trial
Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have been have been found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Tim Bosma, a 32-year-old father who disappeared on May 6, 2013 after leaving home with two men to test drive a truck he was trying to sell.
The disappearance made headlines across Canada and sparked a massive week-long search involving more than 100 police officers.
Jurors heard testimony from more than 90 witnesses, including forensic experts who said the slain man’s blood was found throughout his truck and on the outside of an incinerator, which was found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.
Below is a look back at the police investigation and murder trial in the death of Tim Bosma:
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.
January 26, 2016: Seven men and seven women have been selected to the jury with two alternates.
February 1, 2016: Trial begins and is expected to last four months.
February 3, 2016: Police officers testifying at the trial described a frantic search of a trailer found north of Toronto as they looked for Bosma.
March 21, 2016: Testimony reveals Dellen Millard felt badly for the Bosma family following Tim Bosma’s disappearance.
WATCH: Defence begin questioning of key Crown witness at Tim Bosma murder trial
April 21, 2016: Marlena Meneses, former girlfriend of Mark Smich, testified that Millard was the one who shot and killed Bosma. Meneses was a star witness for the Crown during the trial and said the two picked her up the morning after Bosma disappeared.
May 11, 2016: Mark Smich testifies that Millard fatally shot Tim Bosma and later disposed of his body in an animal incinerator.
May 18, 2016: The Crown alleges the botched truck robbery that led to the death of Bosma was motivated by the financial desperation.
June 1, 2016: Closing arguments begin.
June 13, 2016: Jury sequestered, deliberation begins
June 17, 2016: Millard and Smich found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Tim Bosma
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