Boise mass stabbing suspect Timmy Kinner’s mental health treatment to include therapy sessions, medication

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 16:54:09-05

BOISE — Today, we learn what the next few months will hold for 31-year-old Timmy Kinner –- the man police say murdered a three-year-old girl and stabbed eight others during a birthday party at an apartment complex in Boise last summer.

On Wednesday, we told you an Ada County judge ruled Kinner “dangerously mentally ill” and “unfit to stand trial.”

Kinner will be housed in a nine-bed Secure Mental Health Facility at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution south of Boise.

In order to help Kinner become mentally competent, Fourth District Court Judge Nancy Baskin ordered Idaho Department of Correction authorities to give him what’s called “involuntary necessary treatment” -- and submit reports to her on his progress.

After ninety days, if Kinner is then still not determined mentally fit for trial, the court could order Kinner to stay at the facility for an additional six months.

No one from the Department of Correction would go on-camera, nor would they allow us to shoot video of where Kinner will be housed.

But, according to IDOC spokesman Jeff Ray, correctional officers will check on Kinner every half-hour in his assigned bed –- just like they do the other residents.

He’ll be given time every day outside his cell to participate in various groups or therapy sessions, in addition to meeting one-on-one with his psychiatric adviser.

Kinner will go through what’s called a competency restoration program, “a combination of psychotropic medication and various mental health groups and therapy sessions aimed at developing (his) improved mental health and understanding of court proceedings,” Ray stated in an e-mail.

As far as his daily routine, Kinner’s schedule will be determined by how well he progresses. If his behavior improves, prison officials say, he will then be given additional privileges and less restrictions –- which includes time in a day room.

Kinner currently remains incarcerated at the Ada County Jail.

Ray stated Kinner won’t be moved to the mental health unit until a bed becomes available.

“We do not know when that might be,” Ray said.