Dellen Millard, the man accused of killing Tim Bosma after taking his pick-up truck for a test drive, spent $627,000 on a condo in Toronto’s high-end distillery district the day after Bosma disappeared.
Millard, 27, paid upfront, in-full and in cash for the 37th floor unit built by Distillery SE Development Corp. According to documents obtained by Maclean’s, Millard’s lawyer in that transaction, Mitch Korman, signed for the deal on May 7. At the time, Bosma had been missing for a day. Korman could not be reached for comment.
Hamilton Police say Bosma was killed the night he was taken. Millard was arrested four days later on May 10, and officially charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday. A day earlier police said they’d found Bosma’s badly-burned body in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
Millard’s lawyer, Deepak Paradkar, said his client is innocent and intends to plead not-guilty.
A cached Internet real estate listing for the unit Millard purchased, at 70 Distillery Lane, showed the asking price for the two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit had at one point been $745,000.
Other listings for the building describe sleek, brand-new suites with views of the city of Toronto and Lake Ontario, and amenities including an outdoor pool.
Lawyers for the condo developer, Distillery SE, had already signed the deal on Apr. 25, and could also not be reached for comment.
Millard had been living with his father, Wayne, at a house in Etobicoke, until late Nov. 2012, when Wayne committed suicide. According to a CBC report, that Etobicoke home once belonged to his grandparents and the assessed value is $1.07 million. Millard is listed as owning at least two other properties–a six-unit residential building on Toronto’s Riverside Dr. valued at $1.4 million, and a 45-hectare farm in Ayr, south of Kitchener-Waterloo, where police have been searching.
The family owned an airplane mechanic company, Millardair, and had relocated to a state-of-the-art new hanger at the Waterloo International Airport in the spring of 2012, leaving behind the airplane hanger at Pearson Airport that had housed the family’s aviation businesses for 50 years.
On Thursday, police scoured the grounds outside the Millardair hanger at the Waterloo airport. Investigators continue to search for at least two other suspects involved in Bosma’s death.