Tim Bosma trial: Man testifies Millard wanted truck repainted quickly
A man who works in the auto body industry told a Hamilton, Ont. court on Monday that Dellen Millard asked him to quickly repaint a truck from black to red.
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Tony DiCiano is the latest witness to testify at the murder trial of the men accused of killing Tim Bosma.
Millard, 30, of Toronto and Mark Smich, 28, from Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in Bosma’s death.
Bosma disappeared shortly after 9 p.m. on the night of May 6, 2013 after taking two strangers on a test drive of a black Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck he was trying to sell online.
Prosecutors allege Bosma was shot inside the truck. His body was found about a week later burned beyond recognition.
DiCiano testified that he's known Millard for seven to 10 years.
He said in May 2013 Millard had asked him to repaint a truck from black to red.
DiCiano said he asked Millard if he wanted anything done with the truck's interior, and Millard told him he had already stripped the inside of the truck.
DiCiano said Millard ended up cancelling the paint job with the auto body shop's manager.
He said Millard had never before asked for work on a vehicle to be done so quickly.
"He wanted it in a rush. He wanted it done right away," DiCiano said.
A former worker at Millard Air testified last week that he found Bosma's truck inside a hangar at a Waterloo airport.
The aviation company is owned by Millard.
The trial entered its second week on Monday with the cross-examination of a man who provided police with an important tip in the case.
Earlier in the day, Millard's lawyer continued the cross-examination of Igor Tumanenko, a man who told the court last week about a May 5, 2013 test drive two men took in his pickup truck that was similar to the one Bosma was trying to sell.
Smich has admitted to being in the vehicle that day.
Tumanenko said he remembered seeing the word "ambition" tattooed on the wrist of one of the men who was on the test drive. One of the officers investigating Bosma’s disappearance testified that the tip led to a breakthrough in the case.
Millard’s arrest photos show several his many tattoos, including the words "ambition" and "discipline" tattooed on his wrists.
On Monday, Tumanenko testified that he didn't ask about the tattoo because he thought it was too personal of a question.
Details also emerged about three black latex gloves that were found in Millard’s pocket at the time of his arrest.
With a report from Zuraidah Alman and files from the Canadian Press