Dellen Millard applying for legal aid in upcoming trials

Convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma, Dellen Millard is applying for legal aid to fund his defence in two upcoming murder trials. He is charged with killing his father, whose death was initially considered a suicide, plus the murder of a Toronto woman.
Aviation heir Dellen Millard is unable to access his multi-million dollar inheritance because he is charged with murder. (Hamilton Police Service/Court exhibit)

A convicted killer who is the heir to a multi-million dollar aviation company will apply for legal aid to help fund his defence in two upcoming murder trials.

Dellen Millard, who was convicted of first-degree murder along with Mark Smich in the death of Tim Bosma in June, told court Friday he cannot access his assets in order to hire lawyers.

He and Smich are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Toronto woman Laura Babcock and Millard alone is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father, Wayne Millard, whose death was initially deemed a suicide.

Both of those trials have been delayed as Millard continues on without a lawyer.

Upcoming trials

On Friday, Justice John McMahon set the date for the trial in Wayne Millard's death for March 20, 2018.

Last week, the trial for Babcock was pushed back from February to September 2017.

Laura Babcock, a 23-year-old Toronto woman, had a relationship with Dellen Millard who is now charged with her murder. (Toronto Police Service/The Canadian Press)

Court also heard Friday that Millard will file two motions in the spring.

The first, Millard said, is a motion to quash the direct indictment in the Babcock case. Skipping preliminary hearings is rare in Ontario, although the same thing occurred in the Bosma case.

According to a Crown policy manual on the Ministry of the Attorney General's website, "this power is an extraordinary one and is used infrequently."

Millard also plans to file a severance motion because he wants to be tried separately from Smich in Babcock's case.

For those two motions he told court he wants to hire Ravin Pillay, who represented Millard in the Bosma trial.

McMahon has repeatedly tried to get Millard to hire legal representation for both trials, but as of Friday Millard still didn't have any on record.

"Mr. Millard, you can apply for legal aid Monday morning, but you have to be diligent hiring counsel," McMahon said.

"Diligence takes time your honour," Millard said.

May defend himself 

He told court he is looking for a lawyer for the Babcock trial and may represent himself for his father's murder trial.

View from MillardAir hangar. The aviation company inherited by Millard is now in receivership. (Court exhibit)

There are two civil matters that have complicated matters, Millard said. His company, Millardair, which he inherited after his father died in 2012, is in receivership and the Bosma family has filed a $14-million lawsuit.

Millard cannot inherit his father's estate because he is charged with his murder.

Lawyers for the civil case as well as legal aid lawyers are scheduled to return to court next Friday to help speed up the process.