This spreadsheet of all the tweets from three journalists covering the 2016 trial of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich is an incredibly valuable resource.
Hamilton Spectator columnist Susan Clairmont’s tweets provide an excellent narrative overview of the trial while CBC reporter Adam Carter gives the most transcript-like coverage. Molly Hayes of the Spec often catches fascinating details that others missed.
Big thanks to Ron Verbeek, a “civilian” who followed the trial and pulled it all together.
Since the Bosma trial, I’ve followed some high profile U.S. trials on Twitter and the tweet coverage was nowhere near as good as that provided by these three journalists.
It was an invaluable resource to me as I wrote my book, Dark Ambition.
The book, Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, tells the story of the Tim Bosma murder investigation and trial. It also provides the most complete picture available of the upcoming Laura Babcock and Wayne Millard murder trials
Aren’t there still two murder trials to come? How come you wrote the book now?
Yes, Millard and Smich are still awaiting trial for the murder of Laura Babcock. And Millard has also been charged with the death of his father. Dark Ambition has all the information currently available about both those cases, but it focuses mainly on the terrible and tragic Tim Bosma murder case. Think of it as a story within a story.
This was such a terrible crime, do I really want to read about it in detail?
Obviously, there is no getting away from the evilness of the murder at the centre of this book, but there are also uplifting elements in seeing how hard so many people worked in the search for justice for Tim Bosma. The police investigation involved hundreds of officers and multiple sources. There is everything from CSI-style forensics work to old fashioned eye witnesses, who noticed things that were out of the ordinary. For example, there’s the Toronto man who spotted the Ambition tattoo that would lead to Millard’s identification, the dog-walking neighbour who saw strange vehicle activity near the Bosma home on the night of Tim’s abduction, and the dirt biker who came across a mysterious machine on Millard’s farm.
Is this a courtroom drama too?
There are many trial scenes including fascinating cross examinations carried out by both the prosecution and defence lawyers. It was high drama when Mark Smich’s lawyer Thomas Dungey cross examined Millard’s friend and mechanic, Shane Schlatman. And Crown attorney Craig Fraser’s cross examination of Smich was riveting to watch and devastating to the witness.
Christina Noudga’s parents’ house in Etobicoke: Hamilton Police went in with a warrant on April 10, 2014
Police found a DVR listed on their search warrant in the closet of Christina Noudga’s bedroom
The DVR from Christina Noudga’s closet (police exhibit 7015) was turned over to the forensics officer on the scene
These photos were introduced as evidence on Feb. 23, 2016 at the trial of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich for the murder of Tim Bosma.
Noudga was the girlfriend of Dellen Millard, and the Crown said in its opening address that she will testify at this trial.
She is charged as an accessory after the fact to Bosma’s murder.
In his opening address, which is not evidence, but the case the Crown intends to prove, assistant Crown Attorney Craig Fraser said:
In the search of Mr. Millard’s girlfriend`s residence, police also seized from her bedroom a DVR- digital video recorder – that Mr. Millard had taken from the airport hangar and given to his girlfriend to hold on to, apparently without explanation. He gave this to her on May 9th when he picked her up while en route to Kleinburg to drop the trailer with Tim Bosma`s truck in it at his mother`s place.
The police examined the contents of the video and the Crown intends to prove that Dellen Millard and Mark Smich are in the hangar on May 7th at around 1:30 am – during the time the Crown says the remains of Tim Bosma were being incinerated in the Eliminator, just outside the hangar doors.
Dellen Millard, Mark Smich and Christina Noudga are all pleading not guilty. Noudga’s trial is set to take place late this year.