June 15, 2018 2:22 pm
Updated: June 15, 2018 2:53 pm

Dellen Millard murder trial hears his father was ‘very happy’ weeks before his death

Dellen Millard is shown in a police handout photo released as a court exhibit at his trial in Hamilton, Ont., on Feb.8, 2016.

Dellen Millard is shown in a police handout photo released as a court exhibit at his trial in Hamilton, Ont., on Feb.8, 2016.

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TORONTO – A murder trial in Toronto has heard that an aviation executive was very excited about a new business venture in the weeks before he died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The death of 71-year-old Wayne Millard on Nov. 29, 2012 was initially ruled a suicide, but in 2014, his son – Dellen Millard – was charged with murder in the death of his father.

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Court heard that Wayne Millard had recently moved Millardair – his family-owned aircraft servicing and maintenance company – from Toronto’s Pearson airport to Region of Waterloo International Airport, where he had built a massive hangar.

Chris Wood, the general manager of the Waterloo airport, testified today that on Nov. 1, 2012, Wayne Millard had received a crucial certification for his business from Transport Canada and was very happy.

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Wood says Wayne Millard told him he was investing in Millardair because the legacy of the family company was really important to him.

Dellen Millard, a twice-convicted murderer who is serving two consecutive life sentences, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

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