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05/31/2016 07:32 EDT | Updated 06/01/2017 01:12 EDT

Lawyer for Bosma's accused killer points finger at co-accused in closing arguments

HAMILTON — The lawyer for a man charged with murder in the death of Tim Bosma says it was his client's co-accused that shot and killed the Hamilton father.

Dellen Millard's lawyer, Ravin Pillay, says in his closing arguments to the jury that it was a desperate Mark Smich who pulled the trigger three years ago.

Bosma disappeared on May 6, 2013 after leaving home with two strangers for a test drive of a truck he was trying to sell online. His remains were found days later burned beyond recognition.

Pillay says Millard panicked after Smich shot Bosma and tried to help his friend with the coverup.

He says Millard was an accessory after the fact to the crime and that his actions both before and after Bosma's death show there was no plan to kill the man and burn his body in an animal incinerator, as the Crown has alleged.

Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Smich has previously testified it was Millard who shot and killed Bosma and incinerated his body.