VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The murder trial of a former B.C. Lion charged with second-degree murder has been set for next year.
Josh Boden is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, 33-year-old Kimberly Hallgarth. Her body was found at a Burnaby home in March of 2009.
Boden wasn’t arrested until November of 2018, after an investigation by a cold case team. At the time of his arrest, his lawyer said Boden intended to plead not guilty to the charge.
The murder charge is the latest in a long list of accusations, charges and convictions for Boden, who has been in and out of court and jail for the past decade.
He was the subject of a warning from Vancouver Police after he was released on bail in 2009 — the VPD called him a “significant risk to the community.”
In 2008, Boden was charged with assaulting Hallgarth but later acquitted.
It was that count of domestic assault that caused the B.C. Lions to cut the wide receiver after he’d played a single season for the team in 2006-2007.
He only played one more game in the CFL after that, for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, before being cut again.
His 20 day trial before a judge and jury is scheduled to start on March 23, 2020.
With files from the Canadian Press.