Dellen Millard's murder trial in death of his father set for March 2018
Heir to his father's aviation company, Millard can't access funds to pay for a lawyer
Dellen Millard, the convicted killer of Tim Bosma, is now scheduled to stand trial for first-degree murder in March 2018, over the death of his father. He will rely on legal aid for his defence, despite being heir to a multimillion-dollar aviation business.
Wearing a white button-down shirt tucked into blue jeans, Millard appeared at the University Avenue courthouse in Toronto on Friday morning. He has a moustache, longer hair and appears to have lost weight.
In June, Millard and co-accused Mark Smich were convicted of the first-degree murder of Bosma. Each is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for 25 years.
On Friday in Ontario Superior Court, Justice John McMahon set the trial for the murder of Wayne Millard for March 20, 2018.
Wayne Millard's death in 2012 was initially deemed a suicide. But in 2014, as Dellen Millard awaited trial for the Bosma murder, he was charged with killing his father.
The pair are also accused of the murder of Laura Babcock. The 23-year-old Toronto woman was romantically linked to Millard and disappeared in 2012. Police allege she was killed in July of that year. The first-degree murder trial for her killing is scheduled to begin Sept. 11, 2017.
Millard does not have a lawyer for either of his upcoming trials, and on Friday it was decided he would apply for legal aid.
Millard told the court he isn't able to pay for a defence lawyer because he can't gain access to his assets.
Millard inherited the aviation company, MillardAir, following his father's death. The day after Millard was arrested after Bosma's slaying in May 2013, records show he signed over power of attorney to his mother, Madeleine Burns.
The family of Bosma is suing Millard for $14 million in damages in a civil lawsuit launched in August.
Millard also told the court on Friday he intends to bring forward two motions in relation to the Babcock murder trial.
Millard wants the direct indictment sought by the Crown to be overturned. Last year, the Crown made the rare move in a bid to skip the preliminary hearing in the Babcock case.
A severance motion will also be filed, Millard told the court, so that he can be tried separately from co-accused Smich.