Her grief was palpable.
Tears streamed down Mary Bosma’s face as she ran from the courtroom — moments before co-accused Mark Smich began his play-by-play testimony of what transpired the night Mary’s son, Tim, was killed.
“Tim Bosma is dead; shot and killed,” Smich tells the court. “His body slumped in his truck”.
Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 28, are on trial for the first-degree murder of Tim Bosma, the Ancaster dad who disappeared May 6, 2013 after taking two men for a test drive in his pickup truck.
The Crown believes Bosma was shot point-blank in the truck and then incinerated.
Smich tells the court that Millard is driving and the two go to Millard’s farm to get The Eliminator.
With the passenger door left open, Smich says he saw Bosma’s bloody body laying on a sheet before it was rolled up.
Smich says Millard opened the hatch to the incinerator and told him to put the body in.
“I didn’t want to go anywhere near that,” Smich testified. “I told him it was because of my [sore] shoulder”.
It’s unclear where Bosma’s body was placed, but Smich says the men left towing The Eliminator to Millard’s air hangar.
“Millard went to gas the truck up,” Smich continued. “I cleaned up; cutting out the carpets, seatbelts and washed up the truck”.
Smich testified that Millard ignited The Eliminator. While he admits that he didn’t see a flame, Bosma’s body was inside.
Smich told the court that Millard then texted employees not to come into work.
Hours later, the two would pick-up Smich’s girlfriend, Marlena Meneses.
Smich says he would be dropped off at his mother’s house where he would sleep for the day.
He told the court that he was scared, confused, and worried.
When Millard came to pick up Smich later that day to clean up, he says he simply “playing along”.
“I didn’t want to cause any suspicion after I saw the way [Millard] acted after [Bosma] was shot and killed.”
Smich began by laying the foundation of his friendship with co-accused Dellen Millard, who he first met in 2011.
The 28-year-old Smich testified he was dealing drugs to Millard and the friendship grew from there.
Smich says it escalated to stealing a trailer, wood chipper, a bobcat, cement polishers.
He said it was Millard’s idea, “he just wanted them.”
Smich says he was paid cash, sometimes by weed.
Smich also told the jury that when he and Millard went to Tim Bosma’s Ancaster home on May 6, 2013 to see the truck he was selling it looked like Millard was “putting a gun in his satchel”.
He added “it wasn’t supposed to go down like that.”
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