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Trial of man charged with triple homicide linked to London area begins

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A trial began on Monday for a man charged with the triple homicide of members of the Six Nations of the Grand River in 2018.

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Thomas Bomberry, 32, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Melissa Trudi Miller and Alan Porter.

His trial is scheduled for two weeks in the Superior Court of Justice in Hamilton.

On November 4, 2018, the bodies of Miller, 37, seven months pregnant, Porter, 33, and Michael Jamieson, 32, all of Six Nations, were found in an abandoned truck on Bodkin Road near Nation Oneida from the Thames to South West London.

The court heard on Monday that two other people – Nicholas Shipman, 39, and Jamie Beaver, 35 – had previously pleaded guilty in the case and were due to be sentenced in March.

Other Six Nations members have been charged with complicity in murder after the fact.

At Kirsten Bomberry’s trial last year, it was revealed Miller, Porter and Jamieson were killed on Bomberry’s Six Nations property between October 29 and 30, 2018. Their bodies were tied up, wrapped in blankets and left with a flight. van, on Bodkin Road.

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While Kirsten Bomberry, 38, admitted burying the shotgun and knife used to kill all three victims, her lawyer successfully argued that she only helped the killer(s) out of fear. She was acquitted in June 2019 of three counts of aiding and abetting murder.

Kirsten Bomberry was the first Crown witness called to testify Monday at Thomas Bomberry’s trial. The testimony was cut short when Judge Andrew Goodman raised concerns that Kirsten Bomberry, who was slurring her words and closing her eyes during questioning, was under the influence of an intoxicant.

When questioned by the judge, Bomberry denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but was “emotionally drained” and had only slept two hours.

The judge told Bomberry to get a good night’s rest “so you don’t seem to be drowsy in the middle of your exam” and return to court on Tuesday morning.