Bosma killing suspects to appear in court on Nov. 12

Dellen Millard, 28, and Mark Smich, 26, spoke by video link with a Hamilton judge on Thursday, while Tim Bosma’s widow Sharlene looked on.

Dellen Millard and Mark Smich appeared by video link in Hamilton court on Thursday

The two men accused of killing Tim Bosma have another pretrial hearing, scheduled for Nov. 12.

Dellen Millard, 28, and Mark Smich, 26, spoke by video link with a Hamilton judge on Thursday afternoon, while Bosma’s widow Sharlene looked on.

Both men wore prison-issue orange jumpsuits and said few words.

Mark Smich, charged with murder in the death of Tim Bosma, appeared in court via video link from a jail in Toronto on Thursday. (Instagram)

Appearing from the Metro East Detention Centre in Toronto, Smich spoke first.

During his brief appearance, he stated his name, acknowledged the judge and agreed to a date for his next appearance.

“OK, thank you,” Smich said to the judge at the close of his hearing.

Speaking from the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre less than 20 minutes later, Millard appeared tired, with bags under his eyes and his hair dishevelled.

He said nothing, other than his name and a curt “all right” in response to the suggestion of a Nov. 12 hearing.

Sharlene Bosma — who has said she will attend most of the trial dates surrounding the death of her husband — sat flanked by family, including Tim’s parents and her own, during the hearing. 

Wearing a black jacket and blue jeans, she scribbled in a green notebook during Smich’s and Millard’s brief appearances.

During appearances not related to her husband's death, she stared at the judge and continued to clutch her notebook.

After Millard's hearing, Bosma's family left the courtroom quietly, saying little to reporters on the their way out. 

However, Hank Bosma, Tim’s father, said the proceedings are “going in the right direction.”

Dellen Millard was arrested on May 10, four days after the disappearance of Tim Bosma. (Facebook)

Millard and Smich are charged with kidnapping and killing Bosma after the husband and father disappeared on May 6. That night, the 32-year-old took two men on a test drive in a truck he had advertised for sale in online ads.

On May 14, police announced they had found Bosma’s body, which had been burned beyond recognition, at a Waterloo area farm.

Ontario Provincial Police are now probing two other deaths that are linked to Millard.

In early October, investigators said the disappearance of Millard’s ex-girlfriend Laura Babcock and the death of his father, Wayne, are connected to the Bosma slaying.

Police have not offered specifics on the nature of that link. 

With files from Adam Carter