Dellen Millard will appeal his first-degree murder conviction in the death of Tim Bosma, meaning both men convicted in the slaying are now seeking to overturn their verdicts in the high-profile case.
Millard’s lawyer during the trial, Ravin Pillay, confirmed to Global News that Millard is seeking an appeal.
A lawyer for co-accused Mark Smich, who was also found guilty of first-degree murder, said after the verdict was handed down last month that Smich would be appealing.
Pillay offered few details Monday, and could not say if he would be representing Millard for the appeal process.
The jury deliberated for five days before coming to a decision June 17.
The conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, which means Millard and Smich won’t be eligible for parole before 2038 after being credited for time already spent in custody.
Both are barred from owning weapons or communicating with the Bosma family and have been ordered to submit a DNA sample for the national databank.
The two men are also charged with first-degree murder in the death of Laura Babcock, a 23-year-old Toronto woman who vanished in the summer of 2012. Police say Babcock, whose body was never found, was romantically involved with Millard. The trial into her slaying is expected to begin early next year.
Bosma’s disappearance on May 6, 2013 after taking two men for a test drive of his truck made headlines across Canada and sparked a massive week-long search that saw more than 100 police officers scouring Millard’s properties in Waterloo Region.
Millard, the heir to an aviation empire, was arrested before Bosma’s charred remains were found. Smich was arrested more than a week later, just hours before a memorial service that saw hundreds pay tribute to the Hamilton man.
With files from Mark Carcasole and The Canadian Press