Bosma trial: Accused killer Dellen Millard told his lover he was 'set up'

News Mar 23, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

Just hours before he was picked up by police, Dellen Millard texted his real estate agent lover that he was "hot" and that he had been set up.

Lisa Whidden, a sales representative in Toronto, told the jury she and Millard became intimate sometime in spring 2012 after she sold a house for him — an on-and-off relationship that continued until his arrest on May 10, 2013.

Millard, 30, and Smich, 28, are on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Ancaster dad Tim Bosma, who disappeared May 6, 2013 after taking two men for a test drive in the pickup truck he was selling online.

Bosma was shot in his truck, the Crown says, his body then incinerated in an animal cremator outside Millard's air hangar at the Waterloo Region airport.

In a text to Whidden on May 5, 2013, Millard told her he was working on trading one of his gas trucks for a diesel. The next day, he told her he'd finally paid for a condo (that she was going to turn around and sell for him) after financing came through.

Then on May 10, just hours before Millard was boxed-in by police — while driving on Cawthra Road in Mississauga — and arrested, he was again texting Whidden.

He was stressed out, he told her in a text at 11:47 a.m.

"Oh that sucks!" she responded at 11:48 a.m. "What's going on?"

At 3:41 p.m. she sent another message: "I hear Scotty is back but sick."

"Do me a favour," he wrote back (at 3:55 p.m.). "Tell him 'I'm too hot, stay away.'"

She asked him how hot.

"Looks bad," he wrote back at 4:59 p.m. "I think someone I work with has set me up, I'm not sure why."

She responded that he seemed to have had a "string of oddly bad luck," and said she'd like to help if she can.

Millard did not respond.

The next day, police contacted her. Not knowing Millard had been arrested, she texted to tell him. When she met police at her home, they seized her cellphone.

Asked about their exchange on the stand Tuesday, Whidden told assistant Crown attorney Tony Leitch that "Scotty" was a mutual friend, and that she had interpreted Millard's message that he was "hot" to mean he was sick.

The "oddly bad luck," she said, was a reference to a break-in he'd had at his home.

She had not talked to Millard since before his arrest, she testified — there is a no-contact order between them. Had there not been, she said she would have "at least sent him a letter."

After his arrest, the condo sale she was working on for him was transferred to another agency. When it closed, she received a $10,000 cheque in the mail from Millard's mother, Madeleine Burns.

"Pretty nice gift," Thomas Dungey, counsel for Mark Smich, quipped — asking why she didn't contact Burns to ask about it.

Whidden noted that she "should've called and said thank you," but that she deserved the money because of her work leading up to the sale.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes

Bosma trial: Accused killer Dellen Millard told his lover he was 'set up'

News Mar 23, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

Just hours before he was picked up by police, Dellen Millard texted his real estate agent lover that he was "hot" and that he had been set up.

Lisa Whidden, a sales representative in Toronto, told the jury she and Millard became intimate sometime in spring 2012 after she sold a house for him — an on-and-off relationship that continued until his arrest on May 10, 2013.

Millard, 30, and Smich, 28, are on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Ancaster dad Tim Bosma, who disappeared May 6, 2013 after taking two men for a test drive in the pickup truck he was selling online.

Bosma was shot in his truck, the Crown says, his body then incinerated in an animal cremator outside Millard's air hangar at the Waterloo Region airport.

In a text to Whidden on May 5, 2013, Millard told her he was working on trading one of his gas trucks for a diesel. The next day, he told her he'd finally paid for a condo (that she was going to turn around and sell for him) after financing came through.

Then on May 10, just hours before Millard was boxed-in by police — while driving on Cawthra Road in Mississauga — and arrested, he was again texting Whidden.

He was stressed out, he told her in a text at 11:47 a.m.

"Oh that sucks!" she responded at 11:48 a.m. "What's going on?"

At 3:41 p.m. she sent another message: "I hear Scotty is back but sick."

"Do me a favour," he wrote back (at 3:55 p.m.). "Tell him 'I'm too hot, stay away.'"

She asked him how hot.

"Looks bad," he wrote back at 4:59 p.m. "I think someone I work with has set me up, I'm not sure why."

She responded that he seemed to have had a "string of oddly bad luck," and said she'd like to help if she can.

Millard did not respond.

The next day, police contacted her. Not knowing Millard had been arrested, she texted to tell him. When she met police at her home, they seized her cellphone.

Asked about their exchange on the stand Tuesday, Whidden told assistant Crown attorney Tony Leitch that "Scotty" was a mutual friend, and that she had interpreted Millard's message that he was "hot" to mean he was sick.

The "oddly bad luck," she said, was a reference to a break-in he'd had at his home.

She had not talked to Millard since before his arrest, she testified — there is a no-contact order between them. Had there not been, she said she would have "at least sent him a letter."

After his arrest, the condo sale she was working on for him was transferred to another agency. When it closed, she received a $10,000 cheque in the mail from Millard's mother, Madeleine Burns.

"Pretty nice gift," Thomas Dungey, counsel for Mark Smich, quipped — asking why she didn't contact Burns to ask about it.

Whidden noted that she "should've called and said thank you," but that she deserved the money because of her work leading up to the sale.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes

Bosma trial: Accused killer Dellen Millard told his lover he was 'set up'

News Mar 23, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

Just hours before he was picked up by police, Dellen Millard texted his real estate agent lover that he was "hot" and that he had been set up.

Lisa Whidden, a sales representative in Toronto, told the jury she and Millard became intimate sometime in spring 2012 after she sold a house for him — an on-and-off relationship that continued until his arrest on May 10, 2013.

Millard, 30, and Smich, 28, are on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Ancaster dad Tim Bosma, who disappeared May 6, 2013 after taking two men for a test drive in the pickup truck he was selling online.

Bosma was shot in his truck, the Crown says, his body then incinerated in an animal cremator outside Millard's air hangar at the Waterloo Region airport.

In a text to Whidden on May 5, 2013, Millard told her he was working on trading one of his gas trucks for a diesel. The next day, he told her he'd finally paid for a condo (that she was going to turn around and sell for him) after financing came through.

Then on May 10, just hours before Millard was boxed-in by police — while driving on Cawthra Road in Mississauga — and arrested, he was again texting Whidden.

He was stressed out, he told her in a text at 11:47 a.m.

"Oh that sucks!" she responded at 11:48 a.m. "What's going on?"

At 3:41 p.m. she sent another message: "I hear Scotty is back but sick."

"Do me a favour," he wrote back (at 3:55 p.m.). "Tell him 'I'm too hot, stay away.'"

She asked him how hot.

"Looks bad," he wrote back at 4:59 p.m. "I think someone I work with has set me up, I'm not sure why."

She responded that he seemed to have had a "string of oddly bad luck," and said she'd like to help if she can.

Millard did not respond.

The next day, police contacted her. Not knowing Millard had been arrested, she texted to tell him. When she met police at her home, they seized her cellphone.

Asked about their exchange on the stand Tuesday, Whidden told assistant Crown attorney Tony Leitch that "Scotty" was a mutual friend, and that she had interpreted Millard's message that he was "hot" to mean he was sick.

The "oddly bad luck," she said, was a reference to a break-in he'd had at his home.

She had not talked to Millard since before his arrest, she testified — there is a no-contact order between them. Had there not been, she said she would have "at least sent him a letter."

After his arrest, the condo sale she was working on for him was transferred to another agency. When it closed, she received a $10,000 cheque in the mail from Millard's mother, Madeleine Burns.

"Pretty nice gift," Thomas Dungey, counsel for Mark Smich, quipped — asking why she didn't contact Burns to ask about it.

Whidden noted that she "should've called and said thank you," but that she deserved the money because of her work leading up to the sale.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes