The disappearance and death of Ontario father Timothy Bosma that left two men charged and one family grieving became the first in a series of extraordinary dominoes to fall over the past year, with two stagnant cases re-opened and resulting in murder charges, more loved ones swept up in the maelstrom and now, Crown lawyers making the rare pitch for an expedited trial.
The Hamilton Spectator reported on Friday that prosecutors are seeking a direct indictment against Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, both charged with first-degree murder in Bosma's death, meaning the case would skip a weeks-long preliminary hearing and proceed directly to trial.
Though no one involved in the case was able to discuss the request with the Spectator, direct indictments are rare in Canada and their use is quite notable.
The Ontario Attorney General calls the power "an extraordinary one" which is infrequently used.
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