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Tim Bosma case back in court at end of May

Dellen Millard, 29, and Mark Smich, 27, accused of killing Tim Bosma after showing up at his house in 2013 to test drive a vehicle he was selling online, were in court Friday for pretrial motions.

Dellen Millard, 29, and Mark Smich, 27, are accused of first degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma

Tim Bosma never returned after going in a test drive with two men posing as buyers for the truck he was selling on-line. (Facebook)

​Dellen Millard, 29, and Mark Smich, 27, accused of killing Tim Bosma after showing up at his house in 2013 to test drive a vehicle he was selling online, will be back in court at the end of May.

The co-accused were in court Friday for the second consecutive day of pretrial motions.

The proceedings can't be reported on under a standard publication ban that, in the case of jury trials, stops publication of proceedings that take place without the jury present. No jury has been selected for the trial, expected to start early next year.

On Thursday, Superior Court Justice Stephen Glithero declined an application for a sealing and exclusion order related to evidence in the case. An exclusion order asks that all members of the public and the media not be allowed in the court.

The pretrial motions were not completed in the two days provided, and are set or another hearing day on May 26.

Members of the public and media were permitted to attend both Thursday's and Friday's court appearances. A previous ruling ruling had barred them from attending earlier pretrial hearings in February, but that ruling was appealed by lawyers from the CBC and other media and successfully overturned. 

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 slaying.

Millard, Smich and Noudga are all headed straight to trial, skipping a preliminary hearing.

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