Prosecutors: Money was motive in murder plot—(

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Updated: Tuesday, 12 May 2009, 12:32 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 12 May 2009, 12:32 AM EDT

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Investigators said Kimberly Boone has attempted to kill her husband on more than one occasion. On Monday, prosecutors hinted at a past legal problem which may have presented a motive.

Boone has a criminal record in Maryland. Police said she was involved in stealing $400,000 from a previous employer. She had to pay back that money but didn’t have the funds to do so. Prosecutors said the money was her motive. Her husband’s life insurance is worth $200,000.

Seminole County Sheriff’s investigators said Boone had an evil plan all along to kill her husband Robert.  In December, they said she attempted to burn down their home with her husband inside. They said she even researched how to do it on a computer which investigators uncovered.   Detectives said Boone made a second attempt at killing her husband in March when they said she shot him.

Boone told Winter Springs Police investigators that a man was lurking in the garage and when her husband went to check, he was shot.  Boone called 911 to report the incident, but even her husband can be heard questioning her over the phone recording.

“She got her way into trouble and she was trying to dig her way out of it and she saw, unfortunately, he was the ticket to get her out,” said Seminole County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Lt. James Clark in a interview in April.

Boone was back in court on Monday for a bond hearing, where she told Seminole County Circuit Judge Marlene Alva that she was not guilty of trying to murder her husband. Judge Alva denied her bond, explaining that she was a danger to the community.

“If someone in Florida is charged with a life felony or a felony, punishable by the death sentence, you’re not entitled to bond,” said Assistant State Attorney Tom Hastings. “The State can prove that the guilt is great, and the presumption is evident. The court found that we met that standard.”

Boone admitted that she has used anti-depressants in the past, claiming that her mental health had something to do with the attempted murder charge which she now faces.

Prosecutors said Boone had applied for, and was denied, a concealed weapon permit last year.  FOX 35 has learned that Boone’s husband is back in Maryland with the couple’s two children and has filed for a divorce.


Woman sentenced to 35 years for trying to kill husband

Posted: Feb 03, 2012 5:09 PM GST

A Seminole County woman who was convicted of attempted murder and arson for drugging her husband and then setting the family home on fire was sentenced to 35 years in state prison Friday.

In October Kimberly Boone was found guilty in her second attempted murder trial.  She was acquitted in a separate trial in which she was accused of shooting her husband, Robert Boone.  In that trial, Kimberly’s attorney argued that she mistook her husband for an home intruder.

During the trial, Robert Boone took the stand and told jurors that, on December 18, 2008, he had asked his wife for a glass of water. He drank the water, but said a short time later, “I was feeling a little bit groggy, had a headache, a little disorientated. The headache got worse, almost like I had a stroke.”

He told the court that he wanted Kimberly to take him to the hospital, but she said he just needed to rest. She then left to run errands and he fell asleep. He said he woke up to flames.

“I sat up in bed and remember the smoke detector went off.” Robert continued, “I tried to get my senses, and I looked behind me and there was fire going up the side of the wall and across the ceiling.”

Prosecutors had argued that Kimberly Boone embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars and wanted to collect on Robert’s $200,000 life insurance policy.

Boone was also sentenced to 10 years probation.  Her attorney has filed an appeal.