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MANDEL: Convicted in jailhouse stabbing, Dellen Millard wants verdict set aside

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The former rich kid’s toys used to be dune buggies, helicopters and airplanes; now he’s entertained by affidavits, endless motions and tying up court resources.

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Even after being sentenced to life in prison for killing ex-girlfriend Laura Babcock, stranger Tim Bosma and his own father, serial killer Dellen Millard is still busy playing lawyer and playing the system.

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It sure beats whiling away the hours in maximum security.

In the latest instalment, Millard appeared by video on Thursday in Napanee court, representing himself for what was supposed to be his sentencing hearing. He was convicted in March of assault causing bodily harm in the jailhouse stabbing of fellow inmate Sean Trites.

Instead, the pretend lawyer’s first order of business was applying for a mistrial — a request Ontario Court Justice Geoffrey Griffin quickly and good-humouredly rejected.

Undeterred, the former aviation heir — dressed in a blue polo with a full beard and long, thin ponytail — then asked to reopen his trial, insisting he now had fresh evidence: A glowingly supportive letter dated April 22 from the victim himself.

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“Dellen brother,” it begins, “I truly believe they are biased against you. All the administration of justice crap is complete bulls—. They just proved it. You are innocent of assault, bro, because if you were there I would have bled out and died.”

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Griffin went on to read aloud the rest of the letter from Trites, where he concludes that what happened to Millard was “unjust and wrong” and a “perfect example of how flawed the justice system is.”

Trites then signed off: “Best of luck, brother. Your boy Slick.”

How did Millard manage to get the endorsement of a man who nearly died? It’s hardly surprising. The thrill killer has made an infamous career of getting people to do what he wants — from his partner in crime and former wannabe rapper best friend Mark Smich to former girlfriend Christina Noudga, who he urged to get witnesses to change their testimony.

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The only people he can’t seem to manipulate are judges and juries.

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Millard’s latest legal foray came a few months after he appeared in Ontario’s highest court over several days to appeal his three murder convictions.

Along with Smich, Millard was convicted of first-degree murder in Babcock’s July 2012 slaying and cremation of her body in an incinerator he’d purchased to “barbecue” their victims.

Together, the pair were also found guilty of killing Bosma after the Ancaster dad took them on a test drive of his truck in May 2013. Millard alone was convicted of killing his wealthy dad Wayne Millard and making it look like a suicide in November 2012.

Dellen Millard represented himself on two of the three appeals, retaining a lawyer only for the Babcock case. He didn’t do so well. The judges panel quickly rejected his appeal for killing his father, but reserved on the other two.

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Naturally, Millard said he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

He also wasn’t successful in defending himself in the Ontario Court of Justice. Just days before his big show before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Millard was convicted in the July 11, 2021, jailhouse stabbing with Griffin finding he pushed Trites into his attacker, co-accused Clayton Sumner, and prevented him from escaping the attack.

Trites was cut in the neck, shoulder and abdomen and required two surgeries. He reluctantly testified on Millard’s behalf to proclaim him innocent, but Griffin said the video evidence clearly showed the serial killer ensured Trites couldn’t get away.

Millard’s assault conviction will hardly help his plan to be moved out of maximum security. So now he’s trying to have the verdict set aside and reopen his trial. In addition to the victim’s letter, Millard submitted a hefty affidavit describing the altercation as a dog fight between food servers that he had no part in.

The Crown requested an adjournment to June 29 to look at this new “evidence” and so Millard’s legal games are set to continue for months to come.

mmandel@postmedia.com

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