The preliminary inquiry into the murder of Tim Bosma is set for September 2014, court officials decided Tuesday afternoon.
Crown attorney Craig Fraser told the courtroom Tuesday that Sept. 8 is the "first available date that is convenient to all" while Dellen Millard, one of the two men suspected of murdering Bosma, was on the courtroom TV screen for his appearance.
The inquiry is expected to last about eight weeks.
Millard, 28, and Mark Smich, 26, are charged with first-degree murder in Bosma's death. The 32-year-old Ancaster man 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.
Millard wore an orange jumpsuit, and was clean shaved with shaggy, dirty blonde hair. He appeared via video from the Barton Street Jail, where he is in custody.
He only spoke to answer the justice of the peace when asked about his next court date.
"I have no preference. [Dec.] 11 is fine," Millard replied.
Sharlene Bosma, Tim's widow, sat in the courtroom's public gallery with friends and family, taking notes during Millard's appearance.
Smich also appeared via video link in an orange jumpsuit from the Toronto East Detention Centre. He also only spoke when spoken to, first when he was asked his name.
"Mark Daniel Smich," he replied.
Smich simply replied 'yes' when asked if he is agreeable to the September inquiry date, as well as his next appearance.
Both Millard and Smich will appear in Hamilton court for an administrative appearance on Dec. 11 via video.
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 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.