Two men accused in Tim Bosma murder head straight to trial

Tim Bosma Hamilton Ancaster missing man
Tim Bosma is seen in this undated handout photo. Handout / Family Photo

TORONTO – Two men accused of killing Ancaster, Ont. man Tim Bosma will head straight to trial, according to a report by the Toronto Star.

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

Bosma vanished on May 6, 2013 after leaving home in his pick-up truck with two men after posting an online ad to sell the vehicle.

Bosma’s remains were found about a week later burned beyond recognition at a southwestern Ontario farm belonging to Millard.

He and Smich have each been charged with first-degree murder.

The trial is expected to take place sometime early next year.

Tim Bosma: A timeline of the police investigation

Millard has additionally been charged with the murder of missing woman Laura Babcock and Millard’s father, Wayne Millard.

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Police had originally deemed the father’s death a suicide in November 2012 but reopened the investigation after Dellen’s arrest.

The three murder cases are being treated separately by police.

With a file from The Canadian Press