Police detail photos and digital data they say link accused to Tim Bosma killing

HAMILTON, ONT. — The sprawling digital trail of modern life was revealed in intimate detail as private photographs, Internet searches and computer browser histories were laid out for the Bosma jury Wednesday, drawing links between two men charged with murder to tools and techniques possibly related to the high-profile killing.

Jim Falconer, a retired computer crimes specialist with the Ontario Provincial Police, described his analysis of computers seized by police from the homes of and , accused of murdering .

Facebook; Court exhibitsFacebook; Court exhibitsDellen Millard, top right and Mark Smich are on trial for the murder of Tim Bosma, left.

There were several photos of a handgun, including one of a man holding a gun, Internet searches for a used pick-up truck that appears to have been at the root of the slaying, and even a record Bosma’s online ad to sell his truck was viewed shortly before he vanished

Bosma, 32, disappeared May 6, 2013, from his rural Hamilton home after accompanying two strangers on a test drive of the truck. His body was burned and his remains found inside an incinerator on Millard’s farm.

Police seized an iPad from Smich’s bedroom in the Oakville house he shared with his mother, while four computers and a portable hard drive were found in Millard’s Toronto home. All were dissected by police computer experts

Millard, 30, and Smich, 28, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

One gun pictured is a Walther PPK 380, a German-made pistol made famous as the gun first used by fictional secret agent James Bond.

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The significance of the exact type is important not because of its connection to Agent 007, but because a spent 380 bullet casing was discovered in Bosma’s truck after police found it inside a trailer parked in Millard’s mother’s driveway.

That photo was sent as a text message attachment from Millard’s phone to the phone of his girlfriend, Christina Noudga, who went by the onscreen nickname “Kinks.”

The “meta data” hidden within each digital image say the photo was taken on an Apple iPhone with a GPS location near Millard’s house on Maple Gate Court.

Court exhibitsCourt exhibitsA computer expert compared the finger on the top photo, apparently showing Mark Smich holding a can, to the finger in the photo below to suggest it is Smich with the weapon.

Falconer testified he analyzed all the computers seized from the pair

Confusing things slightly is the fact that another of the firearm photos was found on a computer in Millard’s house, but in a file described as a back-up copy of the iPad police seized from Smich’s home.

It is Smich, not Millard, Falconer is suggesting may be the man in the gun photo, which was taken on the iPad on Aug. 3, 2012.

He zoomed in on the middle finger of the hand holding the grip of a semi-automatic handgun and pointed out a small reddish coloured dot, perhaps a mole.

He then showed another photo on the same device, showing what appears to be Smich holding an energy drink can. Falconer pointed out the middle finger grasping the can and pointed to a similar reddish spot.

Falconer also zoomed in on a patch of scruffy unshaven beard on the face of the man holding the gun, a face mostly obscured by the firearm. He compared that to another photo, again, seemingly of Smich, that has a similar scruff on his upper lip.

Falconer also said some of the computers show repeated Internet searches for Dodge Ram pick-up trucks.

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One was used to view Bosma’s ad for his Dodge Ram 3500 on the AutoTrader website shortly before he disappeared.

“The user accessed the specific ad for Tim Bosma’s truck on AutoTrader,” said Falconer.

He added the computers also contained a video clip, with GPS data pointing to it being taken in Millard’s hangar at Waterloo airport, that shows a massive incinerator, The Eliminator, in the background. The incinerator sits on a heavy-duty trailer and appears attached to the tow hook of a dark-coloured SUV.

The jury earlier saw photos of human remains being removed from The Eliminator. They were carefully examined and then returned to the Bosma family, who sit in court each day in the front three rows of court.

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