The lawyer for the man accused in the killing of a Hamilton, Ont., father found dead after taking two men on a test drive says his client is being unfairly maligned by “speculation” surrounding the case.

Deepak Paradkar says media reports based on apparent police leaks are turning public opinion against his client, Dellen Millard, and could threaten his right to a fair trial.

Millard, 27, was charged May 15 with first-degree murder, forcible confinement and theft of a vehicle in the death of Tim Bosma.

Bosma, 32, disappeared May 6 after leaving his home to take two men on a test drive in a pickup truck that he had posted for sale online. Police said last Tuesday his charred remains were found at Millard’s farm.

Toronto police have confirmed that since Millard’s arrest, they have reopened their investigations into his father’s death, which had been considered a suicide, and the disappearance of a Toronto woman with whom he reportedly was linked.

CBC reported Sunday unknown remains were found on Millard’s farm and cited sources as saying police were working to determine if they are human or animal. Hamilton police would not confirm or deny the reports.

“The investigation continues and at this point there is no confirmation that other remains have been located,” spokeswoman Const. Debbie McGreal-Dinning said in an email Tuesday.