Timmy Kinner

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BOISE — A 4th District Court judge on Friday found the man accused of a Boise mass stabbing in June 2018 fit to stand trial, after months of closed court hearings and treatment.

Timmy Kinner Jr., 31, has a trial set for January. He is accused of stabbing nine people — six of them children — at an apartment complex in northwest Boise on June 30, 2018. One of the victims, Ruya Kadir, 3, died of her injuries.

Kinner is charged with first-degree murder among other felonies, and he faces the death penalty if convicted.

Not long after his arrest, Kinner’s defense attorneys voiced concern about his mental health. They said that while he appeared lucid and could hold a conversation on some days, on other days he seemed unable to communicate effectively.

In December, a psychiatrist reported he did not believe Kinner was fit to stand trial. Fourth District Court Judge Nancy Baskin subsequently declared him dangerously mentally ill and ordered him to undergo treatment at the Idaho State Maximum Security Institution to restore his competency — a process that often involves treatment and medication.

The case slogged through court for months after that, with authorities transporting Kinner from the prison to the courthouse multiple times for closed court hearings on his fitness to stand trial.

On Friday, Baskin ruled he was fit to stand trial. Citing a 1960 U.S. Supreme Court Case, she wrote she believes he “has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding — and [that] he has a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him.”

A memorandum was filed alongside the order, but it has been sealed. Memorandums often explain the logic behind a given order, and can include a great deal of additional information.

Kinner’s jury trial is still scheduled to begin Jan. 13. Attorneys have asked for a two-month setting.

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