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Tim Bosma Slaying: Trial pushed back to Jan. 18, 2016

Tim Bosma's accused killers were in a Hamilton courthouse again Thursday for discussion on pretrial motions, which are set to begin at the end of September.

The trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, accused of first-degree murder in the death of Ancaster man Tim Bosma, has been pushed back to January 18, 2016. 

The latest trial date, a week later than a previous trial date assigned in the spring, also came with news that Ravin Pillay is on record as Millard's lawyer. Initially the trial had been expected to start this fall.

Now, however, the pair of co-accused are due in court for more pretrial discussion on Sept. 3, before the pretrial motions are heard later in the month.

Millard and Smich have been charged with the first-degree murder of Tim Bosma, an Ancaster man who agreed to give two strangers a test drive in a truck he was selling online. He left his wife and daughter on May 6, 2013, and never returned home. His charred remains were found days later on a farm in Waterloo owned by the Millard family.

Since Millard and Smich's arrests, Millard has been charged with the death of his father, Wayne Millard, who died in November 2012, a death initially ruled a suicide. Both he and Smich have also been charged in the death of Laura Babcock, a 23-year-old who went missing in the summer of 2012.

Millard's previous girlfriend, Christina Noudga, has also been charged with being accessory after the fact in connection to Bosma's slaying. The Etobicoke native was released on bail last August.

Both Millard and Smich were in Hamilton's John Sopinka courthouse Thursday, Millard in a blue and white small checkered shirt with a clean shaven face, visibly slimmer than previous appearances. He often stared at Smich in the prisoner's box, who was wearing a white button up shirt, Guess jeans, sporting a beard and pony tail.

The details of court 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 case, which will skip a preliminary hearing and head straight to trial.

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