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Timothy John BOHAM






Also known as Marcus Allen
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Former gay porn star - Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 13, 2006
Date of arrest: 3 days after
Date of birth: May 27, 1981
Victim profile: John Paul "J P" Kelso, 43
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Denver, Denver County, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on June 9, 2009

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Timothy John Boham also known as Marcus Allen (born May 27, 1981), is a former adult film star who was convicted of the first-degree shooting death of 43-year-old Denver businessman John Paul "J P" Kelso.

Porn career as "Marcus Allen"

In November 2002, Boham appeared on the cover of Freshmen magazine (a magazine focusing on 18-25 year-old gay men). In the annual survey in 2003, Marcus Allen was voted "Freshman of the Year" by a wide margin, and again appeared on the cover (June 2003). This led to opportunities such as with Falcon studios.

With Falcon Entertainment, Boham appeared in a dozen adult movies under the name "Marcus Allen" in 2004 and 2005. He was also in Channel I Releasing/Rascal Entertainment's "Never Been Touched" by Chi Chi LaRue. As Marcus Allen, Boham was on the cover of Mandate magazine in July 2006, apparently for All World's Video. Boham also appeared on the cover of Playgirl Magazine's "campus hunks" issue (November 2006) (and is advertised as "John" of Denver, Colorado, and as having a "smooth body and 'softer' side", p. 32-34).

Downward spiral and the murder of Kelso

The Advocate reported that Boham left porn about a year before the murder and went to live in Denver, eventually working for John Paul "J P" Kelso but only for about 10 days before failing to show up for his job. Kelso was co-owner of a Denver debt recovery business called Professional Recovery Systems; he was a philanthropist "... giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities around the world...." and was openly gay. Co-workers at the debt recovery business described Tim as "... bright and... [that] it seemed like he had his mind on something else."

Murder of Kelso

A housekeeper found Kelso, 43, shot to death in the bathtub of his upscale Congress Park home on November 13, 2006. The police named Boham as a suspect in the slaying. Boham was arrested on November 16 at the U.S.-Mexico border in Lukeville, Arizona, after identifying himself as the subject of a murder warrant to Customs and Border officers. He was extradited to Colorado and held without bond.

"During [Boham's preliminary hearing], Denver Detective Aaron Lopez testified that in a jailhouse interview in Arizona, where Boham was arrested Nov. 16, Boham said Kelso had asked him to go into the master bedroom to cuddle. But Boham, who said he needed money for his girlfriend, had other plans, Lopez testified. Boham also cut open the safe and found no money in it, the detective said."

According to the Denver Post, Boham told his family that he killed Kelso because he believed that Kelso kept a lot of money in his household safe. "Court documents claim that Boham had bipolar disorder and was prone to fits of rage, and that he told his mother that he had planned to use the money to go to South America with his girlfriend."

But Boham said his plan went awry when Kelso refused to open the safe, and there was a brief struggle during which he accidentally shot Kelso, according to the Post. "Lopez said that Boham confessed to both his sister and mother before leaving for Arizona. Before leaving, he repeatedly returned to Kelso's home to clean it up, in hopes that his fingerprints and DNA wouldn't be discovered."."


His trial for murder started with jury selection 1 Jun 2009.

He was found guilty June 9, 2009 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Former gay-porn actor guilty of Denver murder

By Mike McPhee - The Denver Post

June 8, 2009

A male escort was convicted this afternoon of the premeditated murder of his boss and former sexual partner, and now will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Timothy Boham, 28, was found guilty by a nine-woman, three-man jury in Denver District Court of first-degree murder after deliberation, felony murder and aggravated assault.

Colorado law mandates that someone found guilty of first-degree murder must spend the rest of their life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Judge Will Hood Jr. will hand down the sentence Tuesday.

The jury took less than five hours to convict Boham, whose lawyers Amber St. Clair and Kristan Wheeler claimed that his victim, wealthy Denver businessman J.P. Kelso, committed suicide. They tried to persuade the jury that the murder scene was merely a coverup for a suicide so that Kelso's life-insurance policy would pay out.

According to four days of testimony, Boham had a paid sexual encounter in late 2005 with Kelso, who owned Professional Recovery Systems, a debt-collection agency where Boham briefly worked twice.

Boham, a former gay-porn actor, said he and Kelso hung out together numerous times in the 11 months they knew each other.

Boham was accused of shooting Kelso in the head on the afternoon of Nov. 13, 2006, at Kelso's house on Seventh Avenue Parkway. 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 that was later found in Cherry Creek.

He also stole Kelso's safe, bought a power saw and cut it open, believing it contained as much as $400,000. It was empty except for two car titles.

Boham went to his mother's house in Aurora and admitted the shooting to her and his sister. He fled to Arizona but was captured three days later by customs officers near the Mexico border. 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.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Bonnie Benedetti declined to comment after the verdict.


Murder suspect tells Denver jury victim killed himself

Timothy Boham says on the stand that a taped interview in which he talks about robbing the victim is a "fantasy."

By Mike McPhee - The Denver Post

June 5, 2009

A murder suspect took the witness stand Thursday to defend himself, telling a jury that he was innocent because the victim, Denver businessman J.P. Kelso, committed suicide.

Timothy Boham, 28, who said he befriended the wealthy Kelso after being paid for sex with him, also told the jury that he took his gun out of Kelso's hand, held it to his own head and pulled the trigger, but it misfired.

Boham took the stand after Chief Deputy District Attorneys Bonnie Benedetti and Diane Balkin presented the jury with a string of confessions Boham made to his mother, sister and police, all of whom testified against him.

According to testimony, after Kelso died in his bedroom in the 3600 block of East Seventh Avenue in November 2006, Boham dragged the body into the bathtub, where he cleaned it of fingerprints. He gathered clothing, bedding, a shell casing and other items and threw them into Cherry Creek, where a construction crew found them later. That night, he took his girlfriend to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner and to a show at Comedy Works.

Also, according to testimony, Boham then went to his mother's and told her he had shot someone. He telephoned police three days later from Arizona and confessed to shooting Kelso.

In a taped interview, Boham told police he had been paid by Kelso to have sex with him, that he was disgusted with Kelso and decided to steal the $100,000 he thought was in Kelso's safe so that he could take his pregnant girlfriend to a beach somewhere. He bought a power saw and cut open the safe, but all that was inside were a few car titles.

On the stand Thursday, Boham, who made $1,500 to $2,000 a night as an escort for both sexes, said he had been possessed "by a spirit who told me to shoot" Kelso.

He also said everything in the police video "was complete fantasy, to establish the craziness that I had flown off the handle and murdered J.P."

He said the reality was that he and Kelso had devised a plan to make Kelso's suicide look like a robbery-murder so that Kelso's life insurance would pay out, which it wouldn't for a suicide.

The trial, before Denver District Judge Will Hood Jr., is expected to conclude today.


Robbery called motive in killing

By Howard Pankratz - Denver Post Staff Writer

November 29, 2006

A male model who acted in gay-sex movies told his family that he killed Denver businessman John "JP" Kelso because he wanted the $100,000 to $400,000 Kelso kept in his household safe, according to court documents.

Timothy J. Boham, 25, said he planned to use the money to go to South America with his girlfriend, he told his mother and sister shortly after the shooting, the records allege.

But Boham said his plan went awry when Kelso refused to open the safe, and there was a brief struggle during which he accidentally shot Kelso, according to the records.

Boham told his family that when he cut the safe open, it was empty and "so he had done this for nothing," according to a police affidavit.

A subdued Boham appeared in Denver County Court on Wednesday, where he waived the reading of the charges against him, which include first- degree murder and aggravated robbery. His preliminary hearing was set for the middle of January.

Police were called to Kelso's home, in the 3600 block of East Seventh Avenue, on Nov. 13 by one of his employees who said he had found Kelso in the bathtub.

Kelso had a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Kelso was the founder of Professional Recovery Systems, a Denver collection agency. Boham was one of Kelso's employees.

Police said in the affidavit for Boham's arrest that friends and co-workers told them Kelso had, in the past, hired male escorts to whom he presented gifts. The co-workers believed that Kelso had developed a relationship with Boham, the affidavit said.

Police were able to track Boham with the help of his sister, Katherine, and his mother, Susan Stone, who called police after they had talked to Boham. They told investigators that Boham told them he was going to Mexico and gave officers Boham's cellphone number.

On Nov. 14, Denver police Detective Randy Denison received a phone call from Boham, who had called the detective at the urging of his mother.

Court documents said that during the conversation, Boham admitted shooting Kelso during a robbery attempt.

Boham was arrested Nov. 16 in Arizona, near the Mexican border, by customs officers.



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