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Canada Coroner defends calling Wayne Millard's death suicide

21:06  04 june  2018
21:06  04 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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a man smiling for the camera: Wayne Millard died from a gunshot wound to the head. His death was originally ruled a suicide.© Rob Seaman Wayne Millard died from a gunshot wound to the head. His death was originally ruled a suicide. TORONTO - The coroner who initially ruled an aviation executive's death a suicide has told a murder trial he believed there was a "reasonable chance" Wayne Millard killed himself, but that it was possible someone else pulled the trigger of the gun found beside him.

Dr. David Evans says he ruled the death a suicide within two days of Millard's body being found in his home in November 2012 but noted that a request for a toxicology test at the time was turned down.

His testimony comes at the trial of Millard's son, 32-year-old Dellen Millard, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in his father's death.

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Police re-opened the investigation into Wayne Millard's death after Dellen Millard was arrested and charged in the death of Hamilton man Tim Bosma.

Evans says that even after that arrest — about six months after Wayne Millard's death — he still ruled the case a suicide.

He said an autopsy found the cause of death was a bullet to the brain that entered at Wayne Millard's left eye and became lodged in the back of his head.

"Looking at the scene, the trajectory of the bullet, the position of his left hand, the powder marks on his hand and his pillow, it would appear this death is consistent with suicide," Evans told the judge-alone trial.

"The soot on the hand and what I saw on the pillow and how his left hand was, I thought there was reasonable chance he had done this himself," he said, but added that he has never seen a bullet through an eye in a suicide case.

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Court documents have shown Dellen Millard was the one who found his father's body in the home the two shared in Toronto. The younger Millard called his mother, who came to the home and then called 911, documents show.

Evans said police officers on scene initially thought a gastro-intestinal injury may have killed the business man, who was found in his bed.

Evans said that when he entered the bedroom, he followed the trail of blood on Wayne Millard's bed to a black plastic bag on the floor and when he moved the bag aside, he saw a revolver. Then he looked closer at the blood on Millard's face, he said.

"I noticed the left eye was absent," Evans said.

The death occurred at least 18 hours before Evans had completed his investigation around 11 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2012, he said.

Crown attorney Jill Cameron asked Evans if someone else could have pulled the trigger of the gun found.

"At the time, I felt it was more consistent with a suicide," Evans said. "In retrospect, one can say that's a possibility."

Dellen Millard was charged in his father's death in April 2014.

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Source: http://ca.pressfrom.com/news/canada/-77495-coroner-defends-calling-wayne-millards-death-suicide/

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