Judge: Psychologists can visit man charged in mass stabbing

An Idaho judge says psychologists can have jailhouse access to a man charged with murder and several other felonies in connection with a knife attack at an apartment complex.

Timmy Kinner, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of 3-year-old Ruya Kadir. He is also charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery in connection with the June 30 attack at the Boise apartment complex that injured eight others.

Kinner is being held without bond at the Ada County Jail, but he appeared in court by video on Monday during a motion hearing.

"This is sabotage, your honor," Kinner told 4th District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Oths before his microphone was turned off. A woman in the front row of the courtroom's gallery shouted "shut up" at Kinner and began weeping.

Kinner had previously asked to represent himself, but a judge opted to appoint him defense attorneys anyway. If convicted Kinner could face the death penalty, though prosecutors haven't yet decided if they will seek that option.

One of Kinner's defense attorneys, David Smethers, asked the judge to allow them to access Kinner in jail. "We cannot properly represent the defendant unless we have access to him," he told Oths.

Last week the judge granted a defense attorney motion to allow that access and to let psychologists visit with Kinner, but Smethers said he wanted to ensure the access continued in the future.

Kinner has had five behavioral violations at the jail, Ada County Sheriff's Office spokesman Patrick Orr said. Most were for breaking rules or failing to follow jail staff commands, he said. But in one Incident, he allegedly verbally threatened violence to a jail employee, Orr said.

Kinner's preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 14.