Mark Smich, the second suspect in the Tim Bosma murder, made a brief appearance at a Hamilton courthouse on Thursday morning. He faces a first-degree murder charge in the disappearance and death of Ancaster, Ont. father Tim Bosma.

A publication ban has been placed, The Hamilton Spectator's Susan Clairmont reported from the John Sopinka Courthouse. Smich has been remanded into custody and will return to court on June 13.

Shortly after the court appearance, Smich's lawyer, Tom Dungey, said to the media that his client would be pleading not guilty.

Smich, 25, of Oakville, Ont., was arrested on Wednesday morning. Hamilton Police Superintendent Dan Kinsella announced the arrest just hours after Bosma's family and friends held an emotional memorial service for the 32-year-old man.

Kinsella said that Smich and Dellen Millard, the first man arrested in Bosma's death, knew each other. Millard currently faces a first-degree murder charge as well as a charge of forcible confinement and theft of a vehicle.

CBC News spoke to Smich's father, Andrew Smich, who expressed shock at his son's arrest.

"He was normal," he said of his son's behaviour at a family wedding. "I didn't see any change, any difference."

"We're all sickened about it. It's a horrendous crime," Michael Geary, a man who lived in Smich's neighbourhood, said to CityNews.

Residents of the Smich's neighbourhood told Inside Halton, a local paper, that they only had minor problems with Smich.

Bosma, 32, went missing on May 6 after taking two men for a test drive in a pickup truck he had listed for sale online. After an exhaustive search, Millard was arrested by police. Investigators believe that Bosma's charred remains were found on Dellen Millard's farm.

Earlier on HuffPost:



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  • Sharlene Bosma, Wife Of Murder Victim Tim Bosma, Speaking At News Conference

    Sharlene Bosma speaking to the media on May 15, 2013, about her murdered husband, Tim Bosma.

  • Millard Court Appearance

    A prisoner van carrying accused Dellen Millard enters the courthouse on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Hamilton, Ont. Millard has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a southern Ontario father who disappeared after posting his truck for sale online and taking a test drive with two men.

  • Flowers At Bosma's Home

    A woman places flowers in front of Tim Bosma's home in Ancaster, Ont., Wednesday, May 15 2013. Dellen Millard has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Bosma, a southern Ontario father who disappeared after posting his truck for sale online and taking a test drive with two men.

  • Police Investigating Murder Of Tim Bosma

    Police investigate the death of Tim Bosma at 2548 Roseville Rd. in North Dumfries Township. Bosma, who disappeared after leaving his home with men who came to test drive his truck, has been found dead.

  • Dellen Millard's Lawyer Speaks

    Deepak Paradkar, the lawyer for Dellen Millard, speaks to the media after his client's first court appearance in Hamilton, Ont., Wednesday, May 15 2013. Millard has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a southern Ontario father who disappeared after posting his truck for sale online and taking a test drive with two men.

  • Police Investigating Murder Of Tim Bosma

    Police investigate the death of Tim Bosma at 2548 Roseville Rd. in North Dumfries Township. Bosma, who disappeared after leaving his home with men who came to test drive his truck, has been found dead.

  • Police Investigating Murder Of Tim Bosma

    Police investigate the death of Tim Bosma at 2548 Roseville Rd. in North Dumfries Township. Bosma, who disappeared after leaving his home with men who came to test drive his truck, has been found dead.

  • Police Investigating Murder Of Tim Bosma

    Police investigate the death of Tim Bosma at 2548 Roseville Rd. in North Dumfries Township. Bosma, who disappeared after leaving his home with men who came to test drive his truck, has been found dead.

  • Police Investigating Murder Of Tim Bosma

    Police investigate the death of Tim Bosma at 2548 Roseville Rd. in North Dumfries Township. Bosma, who disappeared after leaving his home with men who came to test drive his truck, has been found dead.

  • Police Investigating Murder Of Tim Bosma

    Police investigate the death of Tim Bosma at 2548 Roseville Rd. in North Dumfries Township. Bosma, who disappeared after leaving his home with men who came to test drive his truck, has been found dead.

  • Police Investigating Murder Of Tim Bosma

    Police investigate the death of Tim Bosma at 2548 Roseville Rd. in North Dumfries Township. Bosma, who disappeared after leaving his home with men who came to test drive his truck, has been found dead.

  • Det.Sgt Matt Matt Kavanagh, centre, discusses the Timothy Bosma missing man case at a news conference in Hamilton, Ont., Tuesday, May 14, 2013. A massive search for Bosma, a southern Ontario man who vanished more than a week ago, came to a grim conclusion when police announced his body had been found.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper

  • Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

  • Skylar Hellman †

    So sad to hear that Tim Bosma was found dead this morning ... my deepest sympathy to his family. Just terrible ... all because of a truck

  • Kathleen Leach

    RT @LocateTimBosma: This is a tragedy. Rest In Peace, Tim Bosma.

  • Liam Casey

  • Jen Warman

    God I just feel sick about what has happened to Tim Bosma and his family. It's just so sad and horrendous....

  • olivia.

    Rest in peace Tim Bosma :(..

  • Jennifer Dale

    R.I.P. Tim Bosma

  • Trevor Dunn

    Now a homicide investigation, Hamilton Police still working on the Tim Bosma case at this farm near Cambridge #sl http://t.co/Drne6RdjqJ

  • Jessica Smith

    My heart goes out to the family & friends of Tim Bosma. May he rest in peace. I hope all those involved pay for their actions.

  • Amanda MacKenzie

    Heartbreaking. Sympathy to the Bosmas. “@globeandmail: #Breaking: Missing Ontario man Tim Bosma found dead http://t.co/1tZ5jHOncr”

  • Theresa Farrugia

    @HamiltonPolice @HPSActionTeam4 Thank you for your swift and professional work on the Tim Bosma case. This is a tragedy which sickens me.

  • Chels

    R.i.p Tim bosma 🙏😥

  • Ryan Mandryk

    R.I.P Tim Bosma, some people are messed up

  • Paul Johnson

    Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Tim Bosma.

  • John Morris

    This is unbelievably shitty. Perspective, people.“@globeandmail: #Breaking: Missing Ontario man Tim Bosma found dead http://t.co/3O6jR0zayP”

  • Marc Guilbeault

    Disgusting.... RIP Tim Bosma

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    RT @CP24: Hamilton police say human remains have been located. "We are convinced that these are remains of Tim Bosma," chief says.

  • Amanda Blake

  • righteous wun☁

    My heart goes out to the family of Tim Bosma. #saddening

  • Sarah N

    My heart is so heavy for the family and all that knew Tim Bosma. Everyone was hoping/praying he would be found alive! #RIPTimBosma

  • Ancaster Dundas News

    We will continue to follow every single lead. We will work to affect the arrest of those responsible for the death of Tim Bosma: Chief.

  • audi

    RIP Tim Bosma. Thoughts & prayers for his family.