BOSMA TRIAL: Millard paid $100 for lookout on theft ‘mission’

News Apr 07, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

Matt Hagerman didn't know what was in the toolbox when Dellen Millard showed up at his house with it in the early hours of May 10, 2013.

The yellow and black Stanley toolbox was padlocked. Millard asked him to hold onto it for a couple of days.

"I asked him if everything was OK. He told me it was better if he didn't tell me," Hagerman said on the stand Wednesday at the first-degree murder trial of Millard, 30, and his buddy Mark Smich, 28.

The pair is co-accused in the death 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 says Bosma was shot in his truck and then his body was incinerated in an animal cremator at Millard's air hangar.

Hagerman and Millard were lifelong friends, court heard. His grandma had been a housekeeper for Millard's family.

Though Hagerman said the friends had been growing apart, the jury saw text messages between him and Millard from October 2012 in which Millard recruited him to be a "lookout" in a "mission."

"Need a lookout on a walkie talkie tonight. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. $50 or credit toward future grabs. Interested?" reads the first "mission" text from Millard, on Oct. 2, 2012.

Hagerman expressed interest, the texts show, but the plan fell through.

The next one, on Oct. 19, paid $100, Millard's text message said — and was "along the same lines as the last one but bigger."

Hagerman was in — as was Smich, he recalled, and a couple other buddies. His role was to stand on a rural road in Woodbridge with a walkie-talkie, and keep an eye out for cars.

They stole a Bobcat from a construction site — which Hagerman said he saw back at the hangar after the heist.

The next set of text messages the jury saw between the two was from the hours before Millard showed up at Hagerman's parents' house with the toolbox, around 4 a.m. on May 10, 2013.

Millard was using his girlfriend's phone, Hagerman recalled.

"Can you tell me what these toys are so I can prepare myself?" Hagerman sent at 1:49 a.m.

"A toolbox," Millard responded.

At 1:57 a.m. Hagerman replied: "haha full of guns?"

At 2:11 a.m. Millard responded: "…"

On the stand Wednesday, a visibly nervous Hagerman insisted he was kidding about the guns. He said he'd never seen Millard with a gun, and took Millard's response as him "not wanting to respond to my bad joke."

There was a gun inside that toolbox, the Crown asserts.

The jury has heard that after Millard's arrest, the toolbox eventually made its way to Smich's mother's house (through a friend of Smich named Arthur), where it was stashed in a washing machine in the garage.

Smich became paranoid after that, his friend Brendan Daly remembers.

He and Smich — who was unemployed and an aspiring rapper — would meet up daily to drink beer and smoke weed. On the stand Wednesday, Daly agreed with Millard's lawyer during cross-examination that Smich had anger issues and an intimidating aggressive streak.

"My .380 is no stranger/when I'm angered, you're in danger," one of his raps went.

But Daly said Smich became convinced after Millard's arrest that people were coming after him, and was afraid that Millard was going to "frame him."

At one point, Daly testified, Smich asked him to help sell the gun that was inside the toolbox, as well as a big bag of weed. Daly tried but the buyer he lined up (a guy who went by the nickname "Bleach") didn't bring enough cash. He says Smich later told him he got rid of it.

The Crown says Smich's girlfriend Marlena Meneses will testify that Smich told her he buried it in the woods.

When police seized the toolbox from Smich's house after his arrest on May 22, 2013 it was empty but had traces of gunshot residue.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes

BOSMA TRIAL: Millard paid $100 for lookout on theft ‘mission’

Day 30 of trial: Smich buddy testifies about gun stashed in tool box

News Apr 07, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

Matt Hagerman didn't know what was in the toolbox when Dellen Millard showed up at his house with it in the early hours of May 10, 2013.

The yellow and black Stanley toolbox was padlocked. Millard asked him to hold onto it for a couple of days.

"I asked him if everything was OK. He told me it was better if he didn't tell me," Hagerman said on the stand Wednesday at the first-degree murder trial of Millard, 30, and his buddy Mark Smich, 28.

The pair is co-accused in the death 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 says Bosma was shot in his truck and then his body was incinerated in an animal cremator at Millard's air hangar.

Hagerman and Millard were lifelong friends, court heard. His grandma had been a housekeeper for Millard's family.

Though Hagerman said the friends had been growing apart, the jury saw text messages between him and Millard from October 2012 in which Millard recruited him to be a "lookout" in a "mission."

"Need a lookout on a walkie talkie tonight. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. $50 or credit toward future grabs. Interested?" reads the first "mission" text from Millard, on Oct. 2, 2012.

Hagerman expressed interest, the texts show, but the plan fell through.

The next one, on Oct. 19, paid $100, Millard's text message said — and was "along the same lines as the last one but bigger."

Hagerman was in — as was Smich, he recalled, and a couple other buddies. His role was to stand on a rural road in Woodbridge with a walkie-talkie, and keep an eye out for cars.

They stole a Bobcat from a construction site — which Hagerman said he saw back at the hangar after the heist.

The next set of text messages the jury saw between the two was from the hours before Millard showed up at Hagerman's parents' house with the toolbox, around 4 a.m. on May 10, 2013.

Millard was using his girlfriend's phone, Hagerman recalled.

"Can you tell me what these toys are so I can prepare myself?" Hagerman sent at 1:49 a.m.

"A toolbox," Millard responded.

At 1:57 a.m. Hagerman replied: "haha full of guns?"

At 2:11 a.m. Millard responded: "…"

On the stand Wednesday, a visibly nervous Hagerman insisted he was kidding about the guns. He said he'd never seen Millard with a gun, and took Millard's response as him "not wanting to respond to my bad joke."

There was a gun inside that toolbox, the Crown asserts.

The jury has heard that after Millard's arrest, the toolbox eventually made its way to Smich's mother's house (through a friend of Smich named Arthur), where it was stashed in a washing machine in the garage.

Smich became paranoid after that, his friend Brendan Daly remembers.

He and Smich — who was unemployed and an aspiring rapper — would meet up daily to drink beer and smoke weed. On the stand Wednesday, Daly agreed with Millard's lawyer during cross-examination that Smich had anger issues and an intimidating aggressive streak.

"My .380 is no stranger/when I'm angered, you're in danger," one of his raps went.

But Daly said Smich became convinced after Millard's arrest that people were coming after him, and was afraid that Millard was going to "frame him."

At one point, Daly testified, Smich asked him to help sell the gun that was inside the toolbox, as well as a big bag of weed. Daly tried but the buyer he lined up (a guy who went by the nickname "Bleach") didn't bring enough cash. He says Smich later told him he got rid of it.

The Crown says Smich's girlfriend Marlena Meneses will testify that Smich told her he buried it in the woods.

When police seized the toolbox from Smich's house after his arrest on May 22, 2013 it was empty but had traces of gunshot residue.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes

BOSMA TRIAL: Millard paid $100 for lookout on theft ‘mission’

Day 30 of trial: Smich buddy testifies about gun stashed in tool box

News Apr 07, 2016 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

Matt Hagerman didn't know what was in the toolbox when Dellen Millard showed up at his house with it in the early hours of May 10, 2013.

The yellow and black Stanley toolbox was padlocked. Millard asked him to hold onto it for a couple of days.

"I asked him if everything was OK. He told me it was better if he didn't tell me," Hagerman said on the stand Wednesday at the first-degree murder trial of Millard, 30, and his buddy Mark Smich, 28.

The pair is co-accused in the death 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 says Bosma was shot in his truck and then his body was incinerated in an animal cremator at Millard's air hangar.

Hagerman and Millard were lifelong friends, court heard. His grandma had been a housekeeper for Millard's family.

Though Hagerman said the friends had been growing apart, the jury saw text messages between him and Millard from October 2012 in which Millard recruited him to be a "lookout" in a "mission."

"Need a lookout on a walkie talkie tonight. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. $50 or credit toward future grabs. Interested?" reads the first "mission" text from Millard, on Oct. 2, 2012.

Hagerman expressed interest, the texts show, but the plan fell through.

The next one, on Oct. 19, paid $100, Millard's text message said — and was "along the same lines as the last one but bigger."

Hagerman was in — as was Smich, he recalled, and a couple other buddies. His role was to stand on a rural road in Woodbridge with a walkie-talkie, and keep an eye out for cars.

They stole a Bobcat from a construction site — which Hagerman said he saw back at the hangar after the heist.

The next set of text messages the jury saw between the two was from the hours before Millard showed up at Hagerman's parents' house with the toolbox, around 4 a.m. on May 10, 2013.

Millard was using his girlfriend's phone, Hagerman recalled.

"Can you tell me what these toys are so I can prepare myself?" Hagerman sent at 1:49 a.m.

"A toolbox," Millard responded.

At 1:57 a.m. Hagerman replied: "haha full of guns?"

At 2:11 a.m. Millard responded: "…"

On the stand Wednesday, a visibly nervous Hagerman insisted he was kidding about the guns. He said he'd never seen Millard with a gun, and took Millard's response as him "not wanting to respond to my bad joke."

There was a gun inside that toolbox, the Crown asserts.

The jury has heard that after Millard's arrest, the toolbox eventually made its way to Smich's mother's house (through a friend of Smich named Arthur), where it was stashed in a washing machine in the garage.

Smich became paranoid after that, his friend Brendan Daly remembers.

He and Smich — who was unemployed and an aspiring rapper — would meet up daily to drink beer and smoke weed. On the stand Wednesday, Daly agreed with Millard's lawyer during cross-examination that Smich had anger issues and an intimidating aggressive streak.

"My .380 is no stranger/when I'm angered, you're in danger," one of his raps went.

But Daly said Smich became convinced after Millard's arrest that people were coming after him, and was afraid that Millard was going to "frame him."

At one point, Daly testified, Smich asked him to help sell the gun that was inside the toolbox, as well as a big bag of weed. Daly tried but the buyer he lined up (a guy who went by the nickname "Bleach") didn't bring enough cash. He says Smich later told him he got rid of it.

The Crown says Smich's girlfriend Marlena Meneses will testify that Smich told her he buried it in the woods.

When police seized the toolbox from Smich's house after his arrest on May 22, 2013 it was empty but had traces of gunshot residue.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @mollyhayes