An audible gasp was heard throughout the courtroom Thursday after a shell casing from a spent .380 calliber bullet, found on the floor of Tim Bosma’s black Dodge pickup, was shown as evidence.
It’s the Crown’s theory that Bosma was killed in his truck, soon after he disappeared back in May of 2013.
Four forensic officers combed over Bosma’s truck, discovered in a trailer parked in the driveway of Dellen Millard’s mother in Kleinburg, Ontario, nine days after the husband and father went missing.
Detective Constable Laura McLellan of Halton Regional Police says she found blood throughout Bosma’s truck when she first examined it on May 15th, 2013.
She did not testify whose blood was found, saying that’s the responsibility of officials at the Centre for Forensic Science, who have not yet testified. At the beginning of the trial, the Crown said Bosma’s blood and DNA were found inside the truck.
The court was shown slide-after-slide of charred remains of the truck’s seat, a blood stained green tarp, and spots of blood on the passenger door and underneath the vehicle.
In total, 64 swabs of blood were taken from the truck. The samples, along with the contents of the trailer the vehicle was found in, were sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for further analysis.
Missing from the vehicle was the license plate, chrome Dodge decals, taillights, side trim and the truck’s grill. Foot prints were spoted inside, along with DeWalt box cutters and a red stain on the glove box and dash.
Bosma disappeared on the night of May 6th, 2013 after taking two strangers on a test drive of a black Dodge Ram pickup truck he was trying to sell.
His body was found more than a week later burned beyond recognition.
30-year-old Dellen Millard of Toronto and 28-year-old Mark Smich from Oakville have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of the Hamilton man.
Testimony will continue on Tuesday.