Laura Babcock Trial Sees Video Of Murder Suspect Entered As Evidence

Laura Babcock Trial Sees Video Of Murder Suspect Entered As Evidence

Canadian Press

TORONTO — One of two men accused of killing Laura Babcock and burning her body ordered a large animal incinerator — called The Eliminator — days before the young woman disappeared five years ago, a Toronto court heard Thursday.

The Eliminator was operational a few weeks after Babcock disappeared, according to text messages recovered by police.

Retired forensic officer Jim Falconer guided jurors through a lengthy presentation about the haul of data found on three computers seized at the home of Dellen Millard.

"What temperature is cremation done at?" read a screen capture of an online search taken from Millard's phone at 10:38 p.m. on July 23, 2012.

"Best answer: 1700 degrees and it takes about 1 hour for the first 100 pounds and ½ hour for each 100 after that."

Babcock's father, Clayton, who sat in the courtroom, held his hand to his mouth as he listened to the testimony.

The Crown contends Millard and his friend, Mark Smich, killed Babcock and then incinerated her body.

Falconer, a former detective sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, showed court a series of photographs and videos taken from Millard's phone at a hangar he owned at the Region of Waterloo International Airport on the same night.

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"What temperature is cremation done at?" read a screen capture of an online search taken from Millard's phone at 10:38 p.m. on July 23, 2012.

"Best answer: 1700 degrees and it takes about 1 hour for the first 100 pounds and ½ hour for each 100 after that."

Babcock's father, Clayton, who sat in the courtroom, held his hand to his mouth as he listened to the testimony.

The Crown contends Millard and his friend, Mark Smich, killed Babcock and then incinerated her body.

Falconer, a former detective sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, showed court a series of photographs and videos taken from Millard's phone at a hangar he owned at the Region of Waterloo International Airport on the same night.

The jury then saw a video of Smich rapping those lyrics, which was recorded on Sept. 25, 2012, at Millard's home.

The Crown alleges Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., killed Babcock because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Millard and Smich burned the 23-year-old woman's remains in an incinerator that was later found on Millard's farm near Waterloo, Ont.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

Falconer told court that on June 18, 2012, Millard asked a man named "Shaner" to order an animal incinerator that could burn a 250-pound animal.

"Cost on small 250 lb incinerator is 11390. Next model is 500 lb and sells for 13440. Tax and shipping extra," Shaner wrote to Millard.

"Put an order in for the larger one. Use the red Visa," Millard wrote.

The total cost of the incinerator, which Millard and Shaner referred to as "the BBQ," came to more than $15,000 after taxes, according to texts from Shaner.

 

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