Crown wants Bosma case to go directly to trial

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

The Crown attorney’s in the Tim Bosma murder case want to go directly to trial.

The Spectator is reporting the crown has applied to the Attorney General for a direct indictment.

If it’s granted, September’s preliminary trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich would be dropped.

Direct indictments are very rare.

The Spec says they’re only granted in the most serious and complicated cases and generally indicate the Crown believes it has a strong likelihood of conviction.

Michael Rafferty, convicted of killing 8-year-old Tori Stafford, was ordered in 2010 to proceed straight to trial.

Millard and Smich are charged with the first-degree murder of Bosma.

But they’re also charged with the first-degree murder of 23-year-old Laura Babcock of Toronto who has been missing since June 2012.

Millard is also charged with the first-degree murder of his father, Wayne Millard, whose death in November 2012 was originally ruled a suicide.

Smich and Millard made a brief court appearance yesterday by video, along with Millard’s girlfriend Christina Noudga, who is charged with being an accessory after the fact in Bosma’s death.

They will all appear again August 7th.

(Hamilton Spectator)

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