HAMILTON — The owner of an autobody shop says one of the men accused of killing Tim Bosma called him to have a black pickup truck painted red in the days after the Hamilton man went missing.
Tony Diciano says Dellen Millard called him on May 8, 2013, wanting a rush job on the work, but then left a message the next day to cancel the order.
Diciano says it was the first time that Millard, a longtime customer, had wanted a truck repainted or asked for such a quick turnaround.
Bosma disappeared on the night of May 6, 2013 after taking two strangers on a test drive of a truck he was trying to sell and his body was found a week later burned beyond recognition.
Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 28, from Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.
The Crown alleges Bosma was shot inside his truck and later his body was burned in an incinerator.
Another witness, Igor Tumanenko, has told court about a test drive two men took in his Dodge Ram on May 5, 2013 — one of them, Smich, has admitted to being in the vehicle that day.
Tumanenko also said he remembered seeing the word "ambition" tattooed on the taller man's wrist, a clue that an investigator testified led to a breakthrough in the case. Millard has a similar tattoo on his wrist.
Last week, a former intern at Millardair — an aviation company owned by Millard — testified he found Bosma's truck inside an aircraft hangar owned by Millard at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.
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