Mil­lard, Smith plead not guilty to mur­der

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - — Sun Staff SAM PAZ­ZANO

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.

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DELLEN MIL­LARD

MARK SMICH

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