Two men were convicted over the weekend for the 2012 killing of a Toronto woman. An Ontario Superior Court jury found Dellen Millard and Mark Smich guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Laura Babcock, according to Canada’s CBC News. Among the evidence which helped convict them was a homemade video of Smich performing a rap: “"The bitch started off all skin and bone / Now the bitch lay on some ash stone / Last time I saw her was outside the home / And if you go swimming you can find her phone." He later told friends the rap was based on truth.
Millard and Smich are already serving life sentences for the 2013 murder of Tim Bosma, who they killed after going on a test drive with him in a truck he was trying to sell. Bosma’s remains were later found in an industrial incinerator on property owned by Millard, a “millionaire party kid” and heir to an aviation business, according to Vice News. The prosecution claims it was not the first time they used the incinerator to dispose of a body.
"BBQ has run its warm up, it's ready for meat," Millard had texted Smich on July 23, 2012. Two weeks earlier 23-year-old Laura Babcock had gone missing. According to The Huffington Post, cellphone data shows she was Millard's house on July 3, a day after purchasing a 32-calibre hand gun from a friend. On July 4, Millard texted Smich a photograph of a large object covered by a blue tarp. Prosecutors claim this was the body of Laura Babcock.
Babcock had been involved in an on-again off-again sexual relationship with Millard going back to 2009. This put Millard in hot water with his girlfriend at the time, Christina Noudga, who also knew Babcock. After the girls exchanged nasty text messages in April 2012, Millard texted Noudga, "First I am going to hurt her. Then I'll make her leave. I will remove her from our lives." CTV News reports that after being arrested for the Bosma murder, Millard sent Noudga letters from jail, despite her being on a court-ordered no-contact list, coaching her on what to say if she was called as a witness in Babcock’s disappearance.
Upon their conviction Saturday, Millard and Smich were automatically sentenced to life imprisonment without a chance of parole for 25 years. Justice Michael Code told jurors he would determine at a future date whether or not these sentences will run consecutively with their convictions in the Bosma case. Millard is also due to go on trial in March 2018 for the murder of his father Wayne, which was initially deemed a suicide.
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