Prosecutors in Idaho say they will seek the death penalty against a man charged with stabbing multiple attendees of a toddler’s birthday party, killing the young girl on her third birthday.
According to Fox News, the announcement came Thursday in a statement by Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts.
“After careful consideration, we have concluded that pursuing the death penalty is appropriate in this case,” the prosecutor said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities arrested Timmy Kinner following the June incident in Boise, which left eight individuals seriously injured in addition to the girl’s death.
Five of those injured were also children. Other youngsters in attendance reportedly hid in a closet until the stabbing spree was over.
The suspect allegedly returned to the home after he had been asked to leave by an occupant who had allowed him to stay there for a short time.
Investigators believe they found the murder weapon discarded in a nearby canal.
Though the victims were all refugees, authorities do not believe their nationality was a motivating factor for the crime.
Kinner was arrested on suspicion of criminal charges including murder, injury to a child, and aggravated battery.
A spokesperson for the public defender’s office handling his case did not immediately respond to the prosecutor’s recent statement.
Boise Police Chief William Bone described the impact of the crime, saying shortly after the stabbing that locals were “reeling” from the news.
“This incident is not a representation of our community, but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time,” he said.
[Featured image: Timmy Kinner, Ada County Sheriff’s Office]