The former girlfriend of one of the two men charged in the murder of Tim Bosma testified Thursday that Mark Smich told her Dellen Millard shot Bosma to death.
22-year-old Marlena Meneses, Mark Smich’s former girlfriend, told a packed courtroom at the John Sopinka Courthouse that Smich told her the Hamilton man was killed the night of May 6, 2013, when he took Millard and Smich on a test drive of his pickup truck.
Smich leaned forward while Meneses spoke from the stand, “he said that Dell murdered him. That he shot him,” Meneses testified. She said Smich told her Bosma was “gone, gone, gone.”
Bosma’s wife Sharlene sat emotionless during the testimony while others in his family were visibly emotional.
Meneses, one of the crown’s star witnesses, testified Smich and Millard were ready to “celebrate” when they picked her up the next morning.
She said she didn’t know what it was they were celebrating, but thought it had to do with a truck the two men had planned to steal. Meneses testified the pair had mentioned the day before they were going to steal a truck, and that Smich had mentioned it again the morning of May 6.
When asked by the Crown what happened to Bosma, Meneses said “they burned him.”
The 30-year-old Millard and 28-year-old Smich are both charged with first-degree murder in Bosma’s death. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Meneses told the courtroom she didn’t ask why Bosma was killed. “I didn’t want to know. I was with the guy. I didn’t want to know anything.”
Prior to Thursday’s testimony, Smich hadn’t seen Meneses since his arrest on May 22, 2013.
The two had met at a Tim Hortons and a month after they started dating Meneses dropped out of high school and was soon living with Smich at his mother’s place.
Meneses testified Smich and Millard were really close, “like brothers,” she said, adding “Mark cared for Dellen more than he did for other people. He was in love with him.”
Millard smiled at the response.
On the weekend of May 4, 2013, Meneses testified Smich told her he and Millard were stealing a truck. The pair had talked about it in front of her in the lead up to Bosma’s disappearance.
“They just told me they were going for a test drive and might steal a truck,” she said. “I already told them they shouldn’t go, but nobody listened to me.
She said she couldn’t understand why they would want to do that, “it was a stupid idea given how much money Millard had.”
Meneses told the court she tried to talk Smich out of it, but “he wouldn’t listen.”
On May 10, while watching the news, Meneses said she learned Millard had been arrested in connection with the missing Ancaster man. Meneses testified she told Smich repeatedly that he should go to police, but he said no, because he “wanted to go to his sister’s wedding.”
Meneses said Smich panicked and told her he had to get drugs out of Millard’s home and get a toolbox carrying a gun. She testified Smich told her he wrapped the gun in duct tape and buried it, but wouldn’t tell her where.