Friday, December 01, 2006
Man tells family he killed for cashBy Howard Pankratz Denver Post Staff WriterArticle Last Updated:11/29/2006 06:10:31 PM MSTTimothy John Boham was being sought by Denver police in connection with the murder on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 of John Kelso. (Denver Police)A male model who acted in gay sex movies told his family 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 he 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 mid-January. Police were called to Kelso's home in the 3600 block of East Seventh Avenue on Nov. 13 by one of Kelso's employees who said he had found Kelso in the bathtub. Kelso had a gunshot wound to the head, police said. Kelso was 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 Katherine Boham, Boham's sister, 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 cell-phone number. Authorities were able to track the phone to Phoenix and then into Mexico. On Nov. 14, Denver 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. He also told Denison that he had disposed of bloody clothing and handcuffs in a creek in southeast Denver and that he had thrown away the safe, jewelry and a gun just off a trail near Sedalia. Boham was arrested Nov. 16 near the Mexican border in Arizona by customs officers.