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Dellen Millard found guilty of killing his father

Dellen Millard has been found guilty of first-degree murder for the third time.

This time, it’s for the death of his 71-year-old father, Wayne Millard, who was found dead in his Ontario home from a gunshot wound to the head on Nov. 29, 2012.

Originally, the death was deemed a suicide but police looked back into the death after Dellen was connected to the murders of Tim Bosma and Laura Babcock.

It was then alleged that Dellen carried out a planned and deliberate murder of his father after the pair had disagreements about the family’s aviation business.

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The Crown alleged that the 33-year-old killed his father because millions in potential inheritance money was squandered on the company.

The defence countered that Wayne’s death was in fact a suicide, like originally believed.

Today, Judge Maureen Forestell, who heard the case without a jury, delivered her 90-minute long decision.

“"I am satisfied that Dellen Millard killed his father by shooting him in the left eye as he slept," she said. "I can find no theory consistent with innocence."

Dellen told investigators that he last saw Wayne alive around noon the day before and that he stayed the night at his friend Mark Smich’s house.

However, phone records showed that one of his phones moved from Smich’s house to his father’s home around 1 a.m. that night, where it stayed until shortly after 6 a.m.

"I do not believe the statement of Dellen Millard that he stayed at Mark’s," Forestell said. "I find it was fabricated to conceal he was involved in the death of his father."

Forestell also explained that Dellen had purchased the revolver used to shoot Wayne in July 2012 and had possessed the gun in the months leading up to the murder.

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Although Dellen did not testify, the court did hear his nearly hour-long interview with police from the day after his father’s death.

He told the police his father was a depressed alcoholic who was under a great amount of stress to turn around the family business.

"He carried some great sadness with him throughout life that I never knew,” Dellen said. “He never wanted to share that with me.”

He'll be sentenced on Nov. 16, 2018.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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