The two men accused of killing Tim Bosma will be back in court next month after brief video appearances at a Hamilton courtroom Thursday afternoon.
Mark Smich and Dellen Millard are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Bosma. The 32-year-old Ancaster father disappeared last May after he went on a test drive with two men in his truck. His burned remains were later found at a Cambridge-area farm.
Millard is also charged with forcible confinement and theft.
Smich appeared first during the afternoon proceedings. He wore an orange jumpsuit and didn't speak.
Millard appeared 20 minutes later, also in an orange jumpsuit. With his hands clasped behind his back, he stated his name and said he understood his next court date.
The two men will appear in court via video on March 27, leading up to the preliminary inquiry on Sept. 8.
Bosma's widow Sharlene sat in the third row of the public gallery, flanked by family members on both sides. She greeted people with smiles, but her look quickly grew sombre when the court proceedings began.
She declined an interview afterwards.
Timeline of events:
April 28 — Tim Bosma posts an online ad to sell his pickup truck.
May 6, 9:30 p.m. — Bosma leaves his home in Ancaster with two men on a test drive in the truck he had for sale.
May 6, 10:10 p.m. — Bosma's truck is seen in Brantford.
May 7 — Homicide unit called in to investigate, due to unusual nature of the crime.
May 8 — Hamilton police release descriptions of two suspects.
May 9 — Bosma's wife, Sharlene, makes a plea for her husband's safe return.
May 10 — Police announce they found Bosma's cellphone in Brantford.
May 11 — Police announce the arrest of Dellen Millard, 27, of Toronto, in connection to the Bosma case.
May 12 — Police locate Bosma's truck.
May 14 — A press conference is called by police to announce that Bosma is dead.
May 14 — Police announce Millard will be charged with first-degree murder.
May 22 — A second suspect in Bosma's slaying, Mark Smich, is arrested.