Laura Babcock is not dead, her accused killer tells jury in closing arguments
A man accused of killing a young Toronto woman who disappeared five years ago has told the jury in his closing arguments that he believes the woman is alive.
Dellen Millard, who is representing himself, says several witnesses have seen or heard from Laura Babcock after July, 4 2012.
The Crown alleges Millard and his co-accused, Mark Smich, killed Babcock on July 3 or 4, 2012 because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.
Both Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Babcock, whose body has not been found.
Prosecutors believe the pair burned the 23-year-old woman's remains in a large animal incinerator that was later found on Millard's farm near Waterloo, Ont.
Millard says he understands that members of the jury might not approve of the way he's lived his life, or treated certain people, but he's asking them to put all that aside.
Brianne Wilson is Acting Community and Events Supervisor with the City of St. Catharines