The two men accused of killing Ancaster's Tim Bosma will be back in court on Jan. 30 after a brief video appearance in Hamilton on Thursday afternoon.
Dellen Millard appeared via video court leading up to a preliminary hearing set to start Sept. 8, with a trial expected after that. The hearing is expected to last about eight weeks. Mark Smich did not appear but had another court date set on the Jan. 30 as well.
Bosma, 32, took two men for a test drive in the black Dodge truck he was trying to sell online on the evening of May 6. He never returned. A week later, Hamilton Police chief Glenn De Caire announced Bosma's death.
Both Millard and Smich were charged with first-degree murder later that month.
Bosma's widow, Sharlene, was in attendance for the video appearances, along with several friends and family members.
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.