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Tim Bosma Murder: Man Says Test Drive With Suspects 'Not Normal'

06/07/2013 12:03 EDT
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A test drive with the two men now charged in Hamilton man Tim Bosma's murder was "not normal," says a Toronto man.

The man, who can't be identified under a publication ban, went on a test drive with two men who came to look at his Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck May 5, the day before Tim Bosma went missing, according to the Toronto Star.

He wouldn't explain further why the experience felt strange, saying he didn't want to interfere with court proceedings.

But he said the two men asked a lot of questions about the truck, including its engine.

Two of the men charged in Bosma's murder, Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder. Police have confirmed the two knew each other. Their next court date is June 13.

Hamilton police said Wednesday a third man was contacted by Millard on May 5 to set up a test drive of his Dodge Ram truck, but the man never showed up.

The search for Bosma, who disappeared May 6, took police to a farm owned by Millard in rural Waterloo area, where they found Bosma's burned body.

Police later executed a search warrant on Millard's farm in connection with the disappearance of 23-year-old Laura Babcock and the apparent 2012 suicide of Millard's father, Wayne Millard.

The search wrapped up May 31, but police confirmed they didn't find any evidence of Babcock.

Babcock, who went missing June 2012, once had a relationship with Millard, said police, and exchanged phone calls with him the day she disappeared.

The Toronto Star reported on June 5 that Millard transferred the ownership of three of his properties to his mother for $1 on May 10, the day after he was arrested in connection with Bosma's death.

Andrew Fortis, a real estate lawyer interviewed by the Star, said the timing was "beyond smelly".

"It doesn't make sense to me," he said. "It raises a lot of red flags."

Police have also found stolen vehicle parts, including parts of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, in an aircraft hangar belonging to Millard.

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