Canada Judge to begin charge to jury at Babcock trial

15:36  07 december  2017
15:36  07 december  2017 Source:   msn.com

Millard begins defence in Babcock murder trial

  Millard begins defence in Babcock murder trial Millard begins defence in Babcock murder trialThe self-represented Dellen Millard has not given an opening statement to the jury in his defence to a first-degree murder charge for the presumed death of Laura Babcock, 23, in the summer of 2012.

Judge begins charge to jury at Laura Babcock murder trial . Laura Babcock didn't disappear, she was murdered, Crown tells jury during closing address. Laura Babcock murder trial : A timeline of the Crown's case.

The judge at the trial of two men accused of killing a young Toronto woman five years ago and then burning her body is to begin his legal instructions to the jury today. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock .

TORONTO - The judge at the trial of two men accused of killing a young Toronto woman five years ago and then burning her body is to begin his legal instructions to the jury today.

Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock. Babcock's body has not been found.

In its closing address on Wednesday the Crown said a "mountain" of circumstantial evidence points to Millard and Smich killing Babcock at Millard's home some time after 8 p.m. on July 3, 2012 and then disposing of her body at Millard's farm near Waterloo, Ont.

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The prosecution alleges Babcock was killed after becoming the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.

Dellen Millard and Mark Smich choose not to testify at Laura Babcock murder trial

  Dellen Millard and Mark Smich choose not to testify at Laura Babcock murder trial Dellen Millard and Mark Smich choose not to testify at Laura Babcock murder trialHard to evaluate that brief smile between the one-time best friends and, allegedly, buddy-killers in the murder of 23-year-old Laura Babcock.

Justice Michael Code told jurors at the Laura Babcock murder trial today that they will begin deliberations starting Tuesday. The judge is almost at the end of his 300-page charge to the jury in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto.

The Crown’s case against the two men accused of killing Toronto woman Laura Babcock is almost all circumstantial, the judge said today during his final charge to the jury . Justice Michael Code, top left, began his charge to the jury at the Laura Babcock murder trial in Toronto today.

Smich's lawyer told the jury on Wednesday that his client had no motive to kill Babcock because he was never part of a love triangle and all the Crown has is a rap song in which Smich says he killed a girl and burned her body.

Millard, who represented himself, told the jury in his closing address Tuesday that several witnesses testified to having seen or heard from Babcock after July 4, 2012.

Jury finds Millard and Smich guilty of 1st-degree murder in death of Laura Babcock .
Jury finds Millard and Smich guilty of 1st-degree murder in death of Laura Babcock A jury has found Dellen Millard and Mark Smich guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Toronto woman Laura Babcock. The Ontario Superior Court jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon and returned their verdict Saturday. The Crown argued during the trial that lasted seven weeks that Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., killed the 23-year-old Babcock and burned her body in an animal incinerator.

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