Boise murder, stabbing suspect asks to represent himself
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
The suspect in a mass stabbing over the weekend made his first court appearance Monday.
Timmy Earl Kinner, 30, told the court he didn't understand the charges against him after a judge explained he is being charged with first degree murder, eight counts of aggravated battery and one charge of using a deadly weapon while committing felonies.
Kinner also said he wants to represent himself but the judge appointed a public defender for the time being.
Kinner, held without bond, is charged with first-degree murder and eight charges of aggravated battery in connection with the attack which targeted a 3-year-old girl's birthday party Saturday.
The girl died of her injuries.
Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Jan Bennetts says it's too early to say if she will seek the death penalty.
"At this point, I can't answer that because as you know it's a lofty decision, a difficult decision that has to be made," Bennetts told reporters. "We will review diligently all the facts and circumstances before making that call."
Prosecutors say Kinner's last known whereabouts are California and Utah.
Kinner pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor theft in St. George, Utah April 19.
He was given credit for three days in jail and received 18 months probation.
Documents filed by the St. George Police Department say Kinner was staying at a homeless shelter there.
A spokeswoman for the St. George police said Kinner told them he was from North Carolina but lives in Los Angeles.
Court records give no indication Kinner was out of compliance with his misdemeanor probation on Saturday when the stabbings happened.
Prosecutors told the judge Kinner has an extensive criminal record spanning multiple states and has spent time in prison for crimes that include aggravated battery in Kentucky and Tenneseee.
Prosecutors also say Kinner has physically threatened staff at the Ada County Jail since his arrest.
The judge ordered Kinner held without bond and a preliminary hearing has been set for July 16.