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SportsFormer B.C. Lion Josh Boden charged with second-degree murder in death of ex-girlfriend

03:21  04 november  2018
03:21  04 november  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Former BC Lion Josh Boden charged with 2009 murder of former girlfriend

Former BC Lion Josh Boden charged with 2009 murder of former girlfriend Halgarth was found dead in a Burnaby home in March 2009, seven months after she'd testified against Boden in an assault trial. Those charges were eventually dismissed. Since the end of his playing career, Boden has found himself in trouble with the law on numerous other occasions. READ MORE: Weapons charges against former B.C. Lion Josh Boden dismissed Boden was arrested in New Westminster last May and was charged with two counts of assault. Prior to that, he was previously convicted of two counts of sexual assault, one count of obstructing justice and one count of assaulting a police officer.

Former B.C. Lion Josh Boden charged with second-degree murder in death of ex-girlfriend© Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press Former Canadian Football League wide receiver Josh Boden arrives at British Columbia Provincial Court for sentencing on his two sexual assault convictions in Vancouver, B.C., on July 26, 2012. Boden has now been charged with second-degree murder. 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.

Hallgarth, 33, was found dead in her Burnaby home on March 15, 2009.

A year earlier, in 2008, Boden was charged with assaulting Hallgarth. He was later acquitted.

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

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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.

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

Former B.C. Lion Josh Boden charged with second-degree murder in death of ex-girlfriend© CBC Police on scene at Kimberly Hallgarth's home in Burnaby on March 16, 2009.

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.

In August 2009, Boden was charged after Vancouver police officers reported seeing him fondling a woman at the Burrard and Commercial Drive SkyTrain station on Aug. 25, 2009.

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

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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."​

Former B.C. Lion Josh Boden charged with second-degree murder in death of ex-girlfriend© Richard Lam/The Canadian Press B.C. Lions Josh Boden (1) is tripped up by Saskatchewan Roughriders Airibin Justin (24) after catching a pass during pre-season CFL action in Vancouver on June 15, 2007.

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

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

Boden makes his next court appearance in Vancouver Monday.

With files from Jason Proctor

Former B.C. Lion Josh Boden charged with second-degree murder in death of ex-girlfriend© Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press 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 July 26, 2012.

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