Tim Bosma's accused murderers make brief court appearance
Tim Bosma disappeared on May 6, 2013
Sporting sparse stubble and shaggy hair tucked behind his ears, Dellen Millard appeared by video in a Hamilton courtroom Thursday, in what has become a monthly remand for the three accused in connection with the murder of Tim Bosma.
Millard and Mark Smich are both accused of Bosma's murder, while Christina Noudga, whom police say was Millard's girlfriend, is accused of accessory after the fact.
All three appeared by video, and all three are due back in court Aug. 7.
Bosma went missing on May 6, 2013, after he went for a test-drive with two men while trying to sell his pick-up truck online. His remains were found roughly a week later on farm owned by Millard, burnt beyond recognition.
Bosma's family, friends and wife, Sharlene, sat in the front row of the courtroom during the proceedings. The three accused said only their names and a quick thank you to the court as they heard their next court date read out. The men stood in orange short-sleeved jump suits, while Noudga was in a green long sleeved prison garb.
The family declined to comment after the formality, but their lawyer, Craig Fraser, explained the monthly remand is a way for defense lawyers to stay in touch with their clients.
"It's at the request of their counsel and we're okay with it," Fraser said Thursday. "We think it allows counsel to have access to their clients… If the remands are any longer (than a month), sometimes they move prisoners around and they're not as accessible to their lawyers."
All three are due back in court by video in three week's time.