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Pretrial hearings now underway in Tim Bosma case

A pretrial hearing began Monday morning in Hamilton Superior Court for the two men accused of killing Ancaster native Tim Bosma.
Dellen Millard, left, during a previous court appearance with former lawyer Deepak Paradkar. (CBC)

What's expected to be weeks of pretrial motions got underway Monday at Hamilton Superior Court for the two men accused of killing Ancaster native Tim Bosma.

Both Dellen Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 27, appeared in court Monday.

Pretrial motions are filed on a range of issues and can lead to discussions in front of a judge about issues like the kinds of evidence that will be admitted in trial, the location of the trial due to media and community attention or the parameters on who will be called as witnesses. 

Pretrial motions are usually conducted in public, but are often subject to a publication ban, meaning media can attend, but can't report on what they hear.

Justice Stephen Glithero has imposed a statutory ban on any evidence, submissions or rulings on pretrial motions.

CBC and other media organizations won the fight earlier this year about whether media would be allowed to even be at those hearings or access transcripts of them. 

Millard and Smich are accused of first degree murder in connection with Bosma's death. Smich appeared in court with short, gelled hair and blue and white checkered shirt, while Millard appeared in a white dress shirt and short hair, but with a single, thin, shoulder–length braid on the right side of his head behind his ear.

Smich largely stared straight ahead throughout the proceedings, while Millard occasionally glanced around the courtroom, looking at investigators, reporters and members of Bosma's family who attended. Sharlene Bosma was not in the court.

Bosma was last seen on May 6, 2013 when he left to take two men for a test drive in a truck he was trying to sell online. Bosma's charred remains were found on Millard's Waterloo farm.

Millard, who comes from an aviation family, is also charged in the first-degree murder in the death of his father, Wayne Millard. The elder Millard died in November 2012 and his death was initially ruled a suicide.

Millard and Smich are also charged in the death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock, who went missing in the summer of 2012.

Christina Noudga, 22, of Toronto has also been charged with being accessory after the fact in connection to Bosma's death.

Millard, Smich and Noudga are all headed straight to trial, skipping a preliminary hearing. The trial for Millard and Smich is expected to begin in January 2016.

With files from Adam Carter

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