Ex-BC Lions player charged in Burnaby womans death

Ex-BC Lions player charged in Burnaby woman\s death
Former CFL player charged with murder in death of ex-girlfriend
Former B.C. Lion Josh Boden has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend Kimberly Lynn Hallgarth.

Boden, 31, was once a promising local high school prodigy. He was named the Canadian Junior Football League's Rookie of the Year in 2005 for his season with the South Surrey Rams (now called the Langley Rams). 

Since his career went off the rails following a brief stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2008, Boden has been in and out of the court system and jail for a slew of serious criminal allegations including assault, sexual assault, break-and-enter, uttering threats, criminal harassment and living on the avails of prostitution.

He went on to be a wide receiver for the B.C. Lions in the 2006-07 CFL season. He was cut from the team in 2008 following his charges of domestic assault.

In August 2008, Boden had been acquitted of theft, mischief and assault charges after Hallgarth wavered at the last minute on the witness stand. Those charges stemmed from an alleged domestic dispute that resulted in the B.C. Lions cutting ties with the receiver.

After his acquittal, he played one game with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2009 before being cut a short time later. 

Boden had several run-ins with the law after the end of his CFL career, including multiple charges of sexual assault, assault, and traffic violations.  

Police investigate the suspicious death of a woman at a home on Colborne Street in Burnaby in March 2009. The victim was later identified as Kimberly Hallgarth, an ex-girlfriend of football prospect Josh Boden. Gerry Kahrmann / PNG files

In August 2009, Boden was charged after Vancouver police officers reported seeing him grope two women in separate incidences at the Burrard and Commercial Drive SkyTrain stations on Aug. 25, 2009.

After being arrested, Boden was also charged with sexually assaulting a woman on Aug. 13, 2009, in her office building.

Boden’s former girlfriend, Kimberly Hallgarth, was killed in her home in March 2009. Police at the time would not say whether Boden was questioned and the case has remained unsolved.

At the time, Vancouver Police issued a rare warning to the public after Boden was released on bail, saying that he posed "a significant risk to the community."​

In 2011, he was found guilty for both sexual assaults, as well as assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer. 

In 2011, Boden was convicted of two counts of sexual assault, one count of wilfully obstructing a police officer and one count of assaulting a police officer.

In 2018, he faced another two counts of assault, failure to comply with conditions and two driving charges. 

Former CFL prospect Josh Boden arrives at provincial court in Vancouver in August 2008, charged with assault, theft and mischief. Gerry Kahrmann / PROVINCE

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Former Canadian Football League wide receiver Joshua Boden is seen in this image from 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck)

Boden is due in provincial court in Vancouver on Monday for a bail hearing after being sworn on the murder charge Saturday.

Former CFL player Josh Boden has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend.

A Facebook photo of Kimberly Errand Hallgarth, who was found dead inside her Burnaby home on March 15, 2009. TBA / PROVINCE

He is accused of killing Kimberly Lynn Hallgarth, who was found dead in her Burnaby, B.C. home in 2009.

Boden has had run-ins with the law before including theft, domestic assault, sexual assault and assaulting a police officer. He played briefly for the B.C. Lions and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 31-year-old former wide receiver was cut from the Lions in 2008.

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