Former North Vancouver football player charged with murder

Former North Vancouver football player charged with murder
UPDATE: Family of murdered Burnaby woman issues plea
Former Canadian Football League wide receiver Josh Boden, right, goes through security screening as he arrives at British Columbia Provincial Court for sentencing on two sexual assault convictions in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday July 26, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER – A former wide receiver with the Canadian Football Leagues B.C. Lions has been charged with second-degree murder more than nine years after a womans death.

The body of 33-year-old Kimberly Hallgarth was found in a Burnaby home with what police said were suspicious injuries in May 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 Hallgarths family says she was a bubbly and caring person who deeply loved being a mother to her daughter and theyve waited for information on her death for nearly 10 years.

More than nine years after her death, a charge has finally been laid in the killing of Burnaby mom Kimberly Lynn Hallgarth.

Former B.C. Lions player Josh Boden has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 33-year-old – his ex-girlfriend.

Burnaby RCMP had been called to the fourplex for reports of an unconscious woman found inside, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Officers arrived to find Hallgarth dead inside the home with suspicious injuries, and IHIT was called in to take over the investigation.

After nine years, however, IHIT announced Monday new evidence had been gathered to advance the investigation, and charges have been approved against 32-year-old Boden.

I realize the past nine years have been very difficult on Kims family, and my deepest condolences go out to them. I thank them for their patience and I hope the news of someone being held accountable for Kims death brings some semblance of peace, IHIT Insp. Dave Chauhan said at a press conference Monday.

In a statement read out at the press conference, Hallgarths family called on anyone with information about her death to come forward.

We strongly urge the accused, his family, friends and acquaintances who were or are aware of any details related to this incident and withheld any information from the police to come forward now and do the right thing, read the statement. We understand the accused and his family have also suffered from this senseless act of violence. We can only hope that the accused will cooperate and help everyone involved move forward.

Anyone with information that might further Hallgarths murder investigation, are asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or [email protected] To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.