“It’s as if Mr. Millard is enveloped in a clock of innocence,” Ravin Pillay said to the jury.
And with that, Plliay started his day-long closing argument, fighting to prove his client, Dellen Millard did not kill Tim Bosma.
“I will argue that the evidence demonstrates beyond a question, there was no plan to murder for a truck. And, the proof of plan is paramount in proving first-degree murder.”
Pillay said it was Mark Smich, who was desperate for money. His life was bleak, and a successful theft would get him cash.
Pillay pointed out, Smich showed up at the Bosma home May 6, hidden under a hoodie. He was described as sketchy. He didn’t talk or make eye contact, whereas Millard was relaxed; not covered up, and he talked to people.
He added, Millard was friendly. He had no idea Smich had brought a gun, and then, things went bad, really bad, and then the gun went off.
Millard, he said, was simply an accessory. He had to clean up Smich’s mess. He asked the jury, “would a man who wanted to murder, expose their face, their tattoos, and tell everyone he was planning to steal a truck? Not only is Dellen too smart to get caught, but would a man who loved his dog so much, bring that dog to a murder?”