A homeless man who stabbed multiple people at a birthday party, killing one child and wounding multiple others, could be sentenced to death.
Prosecutors reached a decision to consider capital punishment for Timmy Kinner on October 17, according to Fox News.
“My office, including two senior deputy prosecutors, victim-witness coordinators, an investigator and staff are working closely with the Boise Police Department and their assigned detectives,” lead prosecutor Jan Bennetts said in a statement. “After careful consideration, we have concluded that pursuing the death penalty is appropriate in this case. It is important that we preserve the integrity of the case and let the criminal justice process take its course to ensure Mr. Kinner is afforded due process and receives a fair trial.”
Kinner had been asked to leave a Boise, Idaho apartment complex on June 29, where he was staying with a friend, according to KTVB in Idaho. The next day, Kinner returned, allegedly "looking for vengenance." He began attacking children and adults at a birthday celebration for Ruya Kadir, who was turning 3 years old. Police say Kinner attacked children and the adults who attempted to defend them with a large knife. In total, nine people — six of whom were children — were injured; Kadir was killed as a result of the attack. Kinner was not familiar with the victims, who are mostly refugees from Ethiopia, Syria, and Iraq.
Boise Police Chief William Bones had described the scene in horrific detail.
“This was an attack on those who are most vulnerable: our children,” Bones had said to KBTV. “It’s untenable, unconscionable and is pure evil in my mind ... The crime scene, the faces of the parents struggling, the tears coming down their faces, the faces of the children in the hospital beds, will be something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. And so will every first responder that was there last night.”
Kinner has refused to see a psychologist for an evaluation, according to Fox News. A judge had previously entered not guilty pleas for charges of first-degree murder and eight counts of aggravated battery on Kinner's behalf, as Kinner chose to stand silent during the plea hearing.
Kinner's trial has been set for January 3, according to The Idaho Statesman, a Boise, Idaho-based news organization. He is currently being held in the Ada County jail without bail, according to The Idaho State Journal, a Pocatello, Idaho-based news organization.
The family of Kadir has been in favor of prosecutors pursuing the death penalty, according to The Idaho Statesman.
[Photo: Ada County Sheriff’s Office]
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