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Tim Bosma trial delayed to next January

The trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich was scheduled to begin in September, but after this week's meeting the trial has been postponed to January 11, 2016.

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)

The trial for 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 delayed until early 2016.

On Monday, the parties involved in the first degree murder case met for a pre-trial hearing behind closed doors with Justice Stephen Glithero. The judge made an unusual move to allow neither the media nor members of the public in to the courtroom.

More closed-door pre-trial hearings are scheduled for April 30 and May 1. The trial was scheduled to begin in September, but after this week's meeting the trial has been postponed to January 11, 2016, said Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Crawley would not comment on what was raised in the closed-door session Monday. 

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.

With files from Samantha Craggs

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