Marcus Allen Convicted of 1st-degree Murder
A nine-woman, three-man jury convicted Boham, 28, of first-degree murder after deliberation, felony murder and aggravated assault. Colorado law mandates a life sentence without the possibility for parole in first-degree murder convictions.
"The jury took less than five hours to convict Boham, whose lawyers — Amber St. Clair and Kristan Wheeler — claimed that his victim… committed suicide," reports the Denver Post. "They tried to persuade the jury that the murder scene was merely a cover-up for a suicide to that Kelso's life insurance policy would pay out."
During four days of testimony last week, Boham admitted to spending time with Kelso, as well as a sexual encounter with him, in 2005. Kelso was the owner of debt collection agency Professional Recovery Systems, which briefly employed Boham.
He was accused of shooting Kelso in the head on November 13, 2006 at his house. "According to testimony, Boham returned to the house several times to clean the body of fingerprints and to remove clothing, bedding, a shell casing and other material," the Post reports.
Boham stole Kelso's safe and cut it open, believing it contained as much as $400,000. But it was empty save for some paperwork.
He later admitted to the shooting of his mother and sister and fled to Arizona, where he was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border and returned to Colorado. "He confessed to police during a videotaped interview, which was played to jurors. His mother, sister and former girlfriend all testified against him during the five-day trial," according to the Post.
"Susan Strong gave an emotionally charged account of how her son came to her in November 2006 and told her of shooting to death his former boss," reports the Denver Post in a story first posted on June 4 and updated today.
Chief Deputy D.A. Bonnie Benedetti "played a recorded phone call from Boham in Denver County jail to his mother, during which he talked about his 'craziness' in making up stories about the shooting. He said he was conflicted about lying to police but reasoned he might avoid the mandatory life sentence without parole by lying to get a hung jury."
St. Clair challenged the recording, the Post reports. "She said the D.A.'s office didn't tell her that 28 minutes had been cut" from the recording and that she would file a motion for a mistrial.
Judge Will Hood. Jr. is expected to formally sentence Boham tomorrow.
Boham appeared in roughly 13 films between 2003 and 2005 as Marcus Allen, including "Ripe" (All Worlds Video), "Never Been Touched" (Rascal Video) and "Through the Woods" (Falcon Studios).
A former Studio 2000 exclusive, Allen was named "Freshman of the Year" by Freshmen magazine in its June 2003 edition, and is featured in the photobook "Hot: The Men of Hot House" He also appeared in a 2006 Playgirl magazine pictorial.