Millard, Smith plead not guilty to murder
A dispute outside a Scarborough mall last week became so heated that two teenagers were nearly set on fire.
Now investigators are trying to track down the three assailants — one of whom dumped gas on the victims and tried to set them ablaze.
Toronto Police say the ordeal unfolded at Agincourt Mall, located at Kennedy Rd. and Sheppard Ave. W., around 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 2.
“Two 18-year-old men were walking through the parking lot,” Const. David Hopkinson said Thursday. “They were confronted by two other men and a woman.”
He said an argument ensued.
“During the argument, one man got a can of gasoline from his car,” Hopkinson said, explaining the man “doused the (victims) with gas and tried to light them on fire.”
Hopkinson said the trio is believed to be “violent and dangerous.” Laura Babcock, 23, was murdered on the night of July 3 of July 4, 2012. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich face first-degree murder charges.
Aviation heir Dellen Millard and his pal Mark Smich pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder charges in the disappearance-death of Laura Babcock in July 2012.
Millard, 31, of Etobicoke, and Smich, 29, of Oakville, entered their pleas in front of more than 200 prospective jurors gathered in Ontario’s largest courtroom.
In outlining the allegations in the case, Justice Michael Code told potential jurors that Millard and Smich are accused of murdering Babcock and cremating her body in a large incinerator. That incinerator was later found on a farm property that Millard owned near Kitchener, court heard.
Babcock, 23, was murdered on the night of July 3 or July 4, 2012. She was allegedly killed at Millard’s home at 5 Maple Gate Court in Etobicoke, added Code. Her body and her remains have never been found, said the judge.
The allegations have not been tested in court. The judge organized the huge jury pool into groups of 20. Each group will return, starting on Monday, as jury selection begins for a trial. It is estimated to last up to 10 weeks.
The judge said the trial may end before Dec. 22, 2017, but if it should go past that deadline, jury members will still get a two-week Christmas break.