Boise mass stabbing suspect granted hearing to change name to “Eternal Love”

January 16, 2019 GMT

The man accused of stabbing nine people in Boise last summer has been granted a court hearing in his efforts to change his name to “Eternal Love.”

Timmy Kinner Jr., 30, filed the paperwork on Dec. 21 to change his name. He filled out the necessary paperwork by hand from the Ada County Jail, where he is being held without bail as he faces 13 felony charges, including first-degree murder, in connection with the night of June 30. That’s the night police and prosecutors say he stabbed nine people — including six children attending a birthday party — at a Boise apartment complex. One of those children, Ruya Kadir, 3, later died of her injuries.

The case is weighted down by questions of Kinner’s mental competency. Tuesday marked the third evidentiary hearing at which 4th District Court Judge Nancy Baskin heard testimony on Kinner’s mental health, after a psychiatrist declared him unfit to stand trial. Those hearings are closed to the public, but in a motion earlier this month, Kinner’s attorneys penned their frustration at the prosecutors’ use of testimony from non-medical officials — such as jail deputies — and urged the judge to disregard it.

Kinner’s efforts to change his name have run parallel to those proceedings. In his December filing, he asked the court to waive the fee associated with name change proceedings, since he could not pay it. Ada County Magistrate Judge Lynette McHenry granted that request Tuesday, according to the Idaho Supreme Court’s online repository.

The case about the name change is scheduled for a hearing March 19.