Heart thumping testimony at the Tim Bosma murder trial.
Marlena Meneses, Mark Smich’s former girlfriend, is on the witness stand in a jam packed courtroom at the John Sopinka Courthouse.
The courtroom is silent as she is asked to share her memory of what happened in the days before and after the Ancaster father was killed on May 6, 2013.
Meneses, a tiny and petite woman who’s bright red hair stood out in the courtroom, testified Smich and co-accused Dellen Millard were ready to “celebrate” when they picked her up the next morning.
She said she didn’t know what it was they were celebrating, but thought it had to do with a truck the two men had planned to steal.
Meneses testified the pair had mentioned the day before they were going to steal a truck, and that Smich had mentioned it again the morning of May 6.
Meneses says Smich told her Bosma was “gone, gone, gone. He said Del murdered him. Shot him during the test drive.”
When asked by the Crown what happened to Bosma, Meneses said “they burned him.”
As she reveals the gut wrenching details, the Bosma family wept quietly in the courtroom.
Smich hasn’t seen Meneses since his arrest on May 22, 2013.
The two had met at a Tim Hortons and a month after they started dating Meneses dropped out of high school and was soon living with Smich at his mother’s place.
Meneses testified Smich and Millard were really close, “like brothers,” she said, adding “Mark cared for Dellen more than he did for other people. He was in love with him.”
Millard smiled at the response.
On the weekend of May 4, 2013, Meneses testified Smich told her he and Millard were stealing a truck.
She said “it was a stupid idea given how much money Millard had.”
Meneses told the court she tried to talk Smich out of it, but “he wouldn’t listen.”
On May 10, while watching the news, Meneses said she learned Millard had been arrested in connection with the missing Ancaster man.
“I freaked,” she said.
Meneses said Smich panicked and told her he had to get drugs out of Millard’s home and get a toolbox carrying a gun.
She testified Mark told her he wrapped the gun in duck tape and buried it, but wouldn’t tell her where.
Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder.