Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Accused Killer Says He Didn't Care about Girlfriend's Feud with Laura Babcock

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Accused Killer Says He Didn't Care about Girlfriend's Feud with Laura Babcock

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Accused killer didn't care about love triangle: witness


TORONTO - A man charged with murder told court on Monday that he slept with several women and didn't care "too much" about an ongoing feud between his girlfriend and Laura Babcock, a Toronto woman who the Crown alleges was killed for being the odd one out in a love triangle.

Dellen Millard painted himself as a bad boyfriend to Christina Noudga, a woman he was dating in 2012 when Babcock disappeared.

Karoline Shirinian, a friend of both women, told court that Millard was aware of the bad blood between his girlfriend and Babcock.

"And I didn't seem to care too much about it, did I?" asked Millard, who is representing himself.

"No," Shirinian said.

Millard repeatedly asked Shirinian if she thought he cared about Noudga's feelings.

"No," Shirinian said again and again.

Millard, 32, of Toronto, and his friend Mark Smich, 30 of Oakville, Ont., are charged with the first-degree murder of Babcock, whose body has not been found. Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Crown alleges Babcock became a problem for Millard, and together with Smich they killed the 23-year-old and burned her body in a large incinerator that was found on Millard's farm, near Waterloo, Ont.

Millard asked Shirinian if she knew that he was sleeping with other women, including his former fiancee and a stripper in Mexico, at the same time he was dating Noudga.

Shirinian agreed, but said Noudga didn't know about the other women until later in the relationship.

"So I wasn't too thoughtful when I was with Christina, right?" Millard asked.

"I couldn't agree to anything more than that statement," Shirinian said.

Megan Orr, another witness who took the stand later on Monday, became emotional as she talked about how Babcock, her best friend, felt about the love triangle.

Orr said Babcock spoke about Millard all the time, pointing to an incident with Noudga in the months before Babcock disappeared in the summer of 2012. …

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