Jury selection begins today in Bosma trial
HAMILTON — About an hour after the sun had set on a day in early May 2013, Tim Bosma took two men for a test drive in his truck — never to return. The trial of two men accused in his death is set to begin today with jury selection, which is expected to last up to two weeks. Lawyers for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have said both men will plead not guilty to charges of first-degree murder. The case of the missing 32-yearold Hamilton man — who had a wife and a two-year-old daughter — and later the discovery of his remains, “burned beyond recognition,'' rocked his tightknit Dutch community in rural Hamilton and made headlines across the country. According to police, on May 6, 2013, a man called Bosma to arrange a test drive of his black, 2007 Dodge Ram pickup that he had advertised for sale online. Around 9:20 p.m., two men showed up at his house. “I'll be right back,'' a smiling Bosma told his wife, Sharlene Bosma would recall at a news conference a few days later. Within an hour, she called her husband on his cellphone and when he didn't answer she called police. “I ask and I beg and I plead to whomever has my husband to please let him go,'' she said through tears.