Jury expected to begin deliberations today in Laura Babcock murder trial

By on December 12, 2017


Dellen Millard (pictured), 32, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of Laura Babcock, 23, whose body has not been found.(Hamilton Police Service)
Dellen Millard (pictured), 32, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of Laura Babcock, 23, whose body has not been found. (Hamilton Police Service)

TORONTO—The jury is expected to start deliberating today in the trial of two men accused of killing a young Toronto woman and burning her body.

Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of Laura Babcock, 23, whose body has not been found.

The Crown alleges the pair killed Babcock in July 2012 because she became the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend, Christina Noudga.

They say Millard and Smich planned the murder for months and covered up their crime by burning Babcock’s body in an animal incinerator, named The Eliminator, that was later found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.

Both Millard and Smich have said the Crown hasn’t proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Babcock is dead.

The judge has told the jury that there is a large and complex body of circumstantial evidence in the case and that they must assess it in its totality.