A Utah police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their children and confronting him for raping her, documents show.
A Spanish Fork Police report shows Joshua Boren and his wife exchanged heated texts the night and morning before the January killings.
In them, Kelly Boren confronted her husband about raping her and told him their marriage was over. The couple had been separated.
Joshua Boren’s therapist told authorities that Boren drugged his wife and videotaped himself sexually assaulting her on more than one occasion.
Kelly Boren learned of the assaults when she discovered the tapes in 2013, said Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matt Johnson. She did not report the assaults to police because she didn’t want to ruin her husband’s career, the report says.
The night before she was killed, Kelly Boren brought up the alleged sexual assault again, texting the word “rape” to her husband four times, the documents show.
The next morning, Kelly Boren told her husband she would take the children, prompting Joshua Boren to reply by text: “Don’t involve the kids, they are innocent.”
Joshua Boren had worked for the Lindon Police Department for only three months. Before that, he was a Utah County sheriff’s deputy for seven years. He used the service weapon when he killed his family members and himself, authorities said. Toxicology reports show he had no drugs or alcohol in his system.
Police said the state medical examiner confirmed what investigators believed: Joshua Boren shot his wife Kelly Boren, 32, his 55-year-old mother-in-law, Marie King; and his two children, 7-year-old Joshua “Jaden” and 5-year-old Haley, before killing himself.
The shooting happened at the family’s home in Spanish Fork, a city of about 37,000 located 80km south of Salt Lake City.
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