Former B.C. Lion Joshua Boden is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Kimberly Hallgarth, whose body was found inside a home on Colborne Avenue in March 2009.
Closure in sight, says family of Burnaby murder victim Kimberly Hallgarth
Boden, who had dated Hallgarth, was previously acquitted of assaulting her and was long considered a person of interest in the investigation.
Since the end of his football career, Boden has found himself in trouble with the law on numerous occasions.
Prior to that, he was convicted of two counts of sexual assault, one count of obstructing justice and one count of assaulting a police officer. Those charges stemmed from a 2009 incident in which he groped a woman at a SkyTrain station, an incident that prompted an unusual safety warning from police.
Hallgarth’s family is now thanking the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) for its dedication to the case, saying they are happy about this next step.
“We have waited nearly 10 long years for this moment and are relieved that closure is in sight,” the family said in a statement.
“Only we know the unimaginable grief that our family has been going through and the toll it has taken on every family member. What we have been going through is something that no family should ever have to experience.”
The family added, “we can only hope that the accused will cooperate and help everyone involved move forward.”
Former CFL wide receiver Josh Boden, right, goes through security screening at the British Columbia Provincial Court in 2012 for sentencing on two sexual assault convictions. (Darryl Dyck/CP)
VANCOUVER — A former wide receiver with the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions has been charged with second-degree murder more than nine years after a woman’s death.
The body of 33-year-old Kimberly Hallgarth was found in a Burnaby home with what police said were suspicious injuries in March 2009.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced the charge today against Joshua Boden, who was expected to appear in court.
Insp. Dave Chauhan, the acting officer in charge of the homicide team, says work done by the original investigators and a review by its cold-case team led to the approval of charges by the Crown.
A statement from Hallgarth’s family says she was a bubbly and caring person who deeply loved being a mother to her daughter and they’ve waited for information on her death for nearly 10 years.