Judge could soon issue ruling in Kinner murder case

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 18:36:47-05

BOISE — We could know in a day or two if a man charged with stabbing and killing a three-year-old girl at her birthday party in Boise last June is competent to stand trial.

Both Ada County prosecutors and the defense wrapped up the fourth day of a mental competency hearing in Ada county Tuesday.

Fourth District Court Judge Nancy Baskin told both sides she expects to issue a ruling –- that will be made available to the public -– on Timmy Kinner’s mental competency within the next day or two, according to Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Dan Dinger.

Tuesday’s hearing was the fourth in a series of such hearings. The first was held on December 27th. All were closed to the public.

Police say Kinner, 30, attacked and stabbed nine people who were attending Ruya Kadir’s birthday party at the Wylie Street Station apartment complex off State Street.

The victims in the attack were from Ethiopia, Iraq, and Syria. Investigators previously said they do not believe the attack was race-related.

Reports say Kinner allegedly attacked the group following an argument with a tenant in the apartment complex.

Kinner’s trial has been delayed until January of next year -– after defense attorneys said they needed more time to prepare their case.

Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty.