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Judge refuses Dellen Millard's request for mistrial at Laura Babcock murder trial

A judge swiftly quashed co-accused Dellen Millard's call for a mistrial at the Laura Babcock murder trial, where he is acting as his own lawyer.

Laura Babcock's dad asked that he not be questioned by daughter's accused killer, but judge allowed it

The father of Laura Babcock was "concerned" about being questioned in court by the man accused of killing his daughter, but despite a pretrial effort by the Crown to avoid the scenario, a judge allowed it to happen.

Jury at Laura Babcock trial now deliberating on a verdict

After seven weeks of testimony, and a marathon three-day judge's charge, the fates of accused killers Dellen Millard and Mark Smich are now in the hands of the jury in Toronto. Both men have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

What the jury didn't hear at the Laura Babcock murder trial

As the jury at the Laura Babcock murder trial deliberates behind closed doors, CBC News can now reveal some of the things jurors didn't hear during the weeks-long trial in Toronto.

Laura Babcock murder trial jury to begin deliberations tomorrow

Justice Michael Code told the jurors at the Laura Babcock murder trial today that they will begin deliberations on a verdict starting Tuesday.

Judge lays out manslaughter, murder verdict options for jury at Laura Babcock murder trial

Justice Michael Code laid out possible verdicts for jurors at the Laura Babcock murder trial today, telling them that manslaughter, first-degree murder and second-degree murder options are all on the table.

Crown's case in Laura Babcock murder trial is mostly circumstantial, judge says in charge to jury

The Crown’s case against the two men accused of killing Toronto woman Laura Babcock is almost all circumstantial, the judge said today during his final charge to the jury.

Laura Babcock didn't disappear, she was murdered, Crown tells jury during closing address

Though there's no evidence of exactly how it happened, co-accused killers Dellen Millard and Mark Smich murdered Toronto woman Laura Babcock before incinerating her body to obliterate any trace of evidence, the Crown said today in closing statements in court.​

Millard tells Laura Babcock murder trial he was in open relationship, had no motive to kill

Accused killer Dellen Millard says his "open relationship" with then-girlfriend Christina Noudga contradicts a Crown theory that he killed Toronto woman Laura Babcock to get out of a love triangle.

Accused killers Millard and Smich won't testify at Laura Babcock murder trial

After weeks of speculation over whether accused killer Dellen Millard would put himself in the witness box, the Toronto man who has been acting as his own lawyer confirmed in court Wednesday that he won't.

Animal bone expert struggles during testimony at Laura Babcock murder trial

Dellen Millard called three witnesses Tuesday, including an expert in animal bones, at the Laura Babcock murder trial in Toronto. The accused killer is acting as his own lawyer in Ontario Superior Court.

Co-accused Dellen Millard skips opening statement, presents texts as evidence at Laura Babcock murder trial

Dellen Millard skips presenting his opening statement and instead begins his defence at the Laura Babcock murder trial by reading pages and pages of text messages — including some he wrote to co-accused Mark Smich — that focused on his problems sleeping.

'We need to get our stories straight,' Dellen Millard wrote girlfriend after Laura Babcock disappeared

The jury at the Laura Babcock murder trial saw some of the 65 handwritten letters accused killer Dellen Millard sent to then-girlfriend Christina Noudga, where he detailed "the night Laura disappeared."

Jury sees photo of handgun purchased by accused killer Dellen Millard at Laura Babcock murder trial

A photo of a .32-calibre handgun was projected on several large flat screens in front of the jury Wednesday at the Laura Babcock murder trial — a firearm sold to accused killer Dellen Millard days before Babcock disappeared in the summer of 2012.

Accused killer Dellen Millard asked friend to keep tabs on Laura Babcock, jury hears

One of Dellen Millard's former friends testifies in court that he was asked to keep tabs on Laura Babcock in the months before she vanished in the summer of 2012.

Laura Babcock murder trial expected to hear from final witnesses as it enters 5th week

The Laura Babcock murder trial is entering its fifth week of testimony and jurors in a Toronto courtroom will hear from only a handful more witnesses as the Crown is expected to wrap up its case against co-accused Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.

'A crackling noise': Accused killer Mark Smich's ex girlfriend saw animal incinerator in use

The ex-girlfriend of accused killer Mark Smich told jury members at the Laura Babcock murder trial about a night when Smich and friend Dellen Millard told her they were testing out a towering animal incinerator.

There was no plan to start pet cremation business, Dellen Millard's uncle tells murder trial

Accused killer Dellen Millard's uncle vehemently tried to dispel any notion he planned to go into the pet cremation business with his nephew, during his extremely tense and at times angry testimony at the Laura Babcock murder trial this afternoon.

'A funny smell, like rotting': Accused killer Dellen Millard's mechanic testifies about incinerators

The mechanic of co-accused Dellen Millard tells the Laura Babcock murder trial he saw ash and something that looked like bone, as he filled the propane tank on an animal incinerator purchased by Millard in the summer of 2012.

Laura Babcock murder trial: Photo of burning bones challenged by defence

A farm equipment salesman tells the jury at the Laura Babcock murder trial that he sold an animal incinerator to accused killer Dellen Millard in 2012 for $15,424. A forensics expert says a photo found in Millard's home of the inside of the machine appeared to show burning bones.

Laura Babcock murder trial: What happens if Dellen Millard testifies?

Accused killer Dellen Millard is acting as his own lawyer. What happens if he wants to testify?

Laura Babcock murder trial: Expert says photo appears to show human bones burning

Burning objects seen in photo taken of the inside of an incinerator seized from accused killer Dellen Millard look like human bones, according to an expert in bones and burned remains who testified today at the Laura Babcock murder trial in Toronto.

Laura Babcock murder trial: Jury sees animal incinerator Crown alleges was used to burn body

For the first time at the Laura Babcock murder trial, the jury sees the huge animal incinerator that the Crown alleges was used to burn the Toronto woman's body.

Laura Babcock murder trial: Former detective tells jury what was found on seized electronic devices

A retired OPP officer, described by the judge at the Laura Babcock murder as "undoubtedly the most substantial witness of the trial," began testifying on Tuesday afternoon in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto.

Who was Laura Babcock? A look into her life as the trial into her presumed death continues

Every aspect of Laura Babcock's life has been scrutinized in a downtown Toronto courtroom, at the ongoing trial into her alleged murder in July 2012.

Laura Babcock murder trial: These are the people who tried to help in the days before her disappearance

The ongoing trial into the presumed murder of Toronto's Laura Babcock has heard from a number of her close friends. Many told the jury how they offered her a sympathetic ear or place to stay. These are some of their stories.

Duffel bag belonging to Laura Babcock found in accused killer's home, jury hears

Detectives who seized evidence during the search for Laura Babcock, who disappeared in July 2012, testified Friday at the Toronto murder trial of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.

Laura Babcock murder trial: Can cellphone records really prove where someone was?

Whatever happened to Laura Babcock the night of July 3, 2012, her phone was still alive the next day. A small but now critical amount of information is known about Babcock's cellphone activity.

Laura Babcock's phone tracked near accused killers before her disappearance, jury hears

When Laura Babcock's cellphone was used for the last time, it was to make a 60-second call to voicemail — a call that connected to a cellphone tower a few hundred metres from accused killer Dellen Millard's home, according to Crown evidence.

'Crying all the time,' jury hears of Laura Babcock's struggles with mental health at murder trial

The jury heard a summary of Laura Babcock's mental health records as the trial into her murder continues in a Toronto courtroom. Friends have testified she was open about her struggles, but was never suicidal.

'I didn't want her to sleep on the street': Good Samaritan gave Laura Babcock a place to stay, trial hears

The ups and downs of Laura Babcock's life, and the final days before her disappearance in the summer of 2012, are again scrutinized as the trial into her alleged murder continues in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto.

Laura Babcock was caught up in a love triangle before she disappeared, murder trial hears

One of Laura Babcock's best friends reveals more vicious texts in feud between Babcock and Christina Noudga, a girlfriend of co-accused killer Dellen Millard. The prosecution has pointed to the love triangle as the possible motive for Babcock's alleged murder. Babcock was a problem Millard promised Noudga he would get rid of.

A deeply disturbing and emotional 1st week at the Laura Babcock murder trial

Crown Jill Cameron and her team have already called more than a dozen witnesses and at least a dozen more are expected as they attempt to craft an airtight case against co-accused Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, and his onetime best friend, Mark Smich, 30 of Oakville, On.

At Laura Babcock trial, court hears of love triangle and 'catty' texting war

Jury members hear from a friend of Laura Babcock's, who details tension between Babcock and a woman named Christina Noudga. Both were romantically involved with one of the men accused in Babcock's death, Dellen Millard.

Accused killer's friend breaks down in witness box at Laura Babcock murder trial

A friend of accused killer Mark Smich broke down in tears in the witness box Thursday after the Crown played a video of Smich rapping about burning a body and getting rid of evidence.

Accused killer admitted to burning a body, friend tells Laura Babcock murder trial

A friend of one of the two men accused of killing Laura Babcock has testified that he heard one of them admit to burning a woman's body and disposing of her cellphone in a lake.

'Do you find me sketchy?' Accused killer Dellen Millard questions ex-boyfriend of Laura Babcock

Dellen Millard received a warning Tuesday from the judge overseeing his first-degree murder trial about an "inappropriate" line of questioning during his cross-examination of the ex-boyfriend of the woman he is accused of killing.

Why is Dellen Millard questioning Laura Babcock's father in court? Because he can

Accused of first-degree murder in the death of Laura Babcock, Dellen Millard is representing himself and grilling the father of his alleged victim in court.

'Are you nervous?' Dellen Millard questions Laura Babcock's father at murder trial

The Laura Babcock murder trial began Monday, with the Crown alleging the two accused killed the Toronto woman and burned her body in a commercial incinerator.

Murder trial to finally shed light on Laura Babcock mystery

The long-awaited trial of the two men accused of murdering Laura Babcock is expected to answer many questions, beginning with the most basic — what happened to her?

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