Seized photo shows Millard’s hand holding a gun, police analyst tells Bosma murder trial

Court handoutCourt handoutThe head of the Toronto police fingerprint unit, Christianne Lys, said she found 17 points of similarities in the fingerprint patterns.

HAMILTON, ONT. — It is accused killer ’s finger holding a gun in a photograph seized from his home, the jury was told Tuesday morning at the first-degree murder trial in the slaying of .

A police fingerprint analyst took the unusual step of comparing a close-up of a finger seen holding a gun in a photograph that investigators seized from a computer in Millard’s home to the fingerprints taken from him after his arrest.

The head of the Toronto police fingerprint unit, Christianne Lys, said she found 17 points of similarities in the fingerprint patterns, enough for her to conclude the finger in the photograph is a match for Millard’s left index finger.

Millard, 30, of Toronto, and , 28, of Oakville, pleaded not guilty to killing Bosma, 32, of Hamilton, who vanished after leaving on a test drive with two strangers who expressed interest in buying the pickup truck Bosma was selling online.

The possible significance of the photo was pounced on by Thomas Dungey, the lead lawyer for Smich, who noted the gun in the photograph is a Walther PPK .380 semi-automatic.

Court exhibitCourt exhibitA separate gun photo shown to the jury. It’s been suggested that this shows Smich’s hand.

A .380-calibre empty shell casing was found by police inside Bosma’s truck.

The jury has previously also been shown a different photograph of a man holding a gun. It was suggested to the jury that a reddish dot seen on a finger in that photo is similar to a dot seen on a photo of Smich in a photo of him drinking an energy drink from a can.

Court has heard that Bosma climbed into the front passenger-side seat of his truck on May 6, 2013, to accompany two men on a test drive. The Crown alleges it was Millard, who sat in the driver’s seat, and Smich, who sat in the back seat that left with Bosma that evening, leaving Bosma’s wife, Sharlene, and their young daughter.

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

The jury has not heard evidence of how Bosma was shot or by whom, only that prosecutors allege he was “shot by the two accused at close range.”

On the stand Monday, Sgt. Robert Jones, a Waterloo regional police service blood-spatter expert said too much of the blood evidence was cleaned up inside the truck to tell much about how Bosma may have died.

“There was a blood-letting event inside the vehicle,” said Jones, and “the blood source” — meaning where a victim would likely have been when shot, as the Crown alleges — would be on the passenger side of the truck, he said.

Court heard there is an incredibly high probability it is Bosma’s blood based on its DNA profile.

The trial continues Tuesday afternoon with a video forensic specialist who is showing the jury video seized relating to the Bosma case.

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