Former CFL player Josh Boden convicted of second murder


Former Canadian Football League wide receiver Josh Boden (right) was screened for security when he arrived in British Columbia Court on July 26, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Canadian Press / Darryl Dyke)

A former Canadian Football League wide receiver convicted of murdering a former girlfriend will be sentenced today to the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Josh Boden was convicted of a second murder last fall in Burnaby, British Columbia, when 33-year-old Kimberly Hall Garth, who shared with his 3-year-old daughter, died in 2009.

At a hearing last week, prosecutor Brendan McCabe told the court that Bowden, now 35, had beaten Wolgers violently, suffocated her and staged the scene to make her look like an accident. rice field.

McCabe called the murder “dull, brutal and horrifying,” and said the photographs of Halgars’ injuries were the most shocking of his career.

The conviction is life imprisonment, but the judge must set a period of parole. It states that the Crown is 15 years, while Bowden’s lawyer demanded 12 years.

After playing for BC Lions in 2007, Bowden was released from the team in 2008 and signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but had never played a regular season match with that team before being cut.

McCabe told the court that Wolgers had sent a photo of the injury from the previous assault by Bowden to then-Lions coach Wally Buono. Bowden accused her of finishing her football career.

He maintained his innocence in her death.

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