What experienced been an inquiry into an obvious suicide in Star has turn into a murder investigation.
Dakota T. Honeycutt, 19, of Nampa, was charged with knowingly or intentionally assisting in a suicide on Monday, in accordance to court data. At an arraignment listening to in Ada County on Tuesday, having said that, deputy prosecutor Heather Reilly told the court that the charge was remaining amended to a “homicide depend.”
“There has been additional data offered and uncovered by legislation enforcement indicating that the defendant’s initial statements were not precise,” Reilly stated.
It is unclear what precise criminal offense Honeycutt will be charged with. Feasible counts involve initial- or second-degree murder and voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.
In an e mail, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s workplace reported “the language in the amended cost is remaining evaluated and drafted.”
In courtroom, Reilly claimed the new information “literally arrived to gentle, as I’m instructed, now.”
A second felony count for alleged proof destruction will not be transformed, Reilly explained.
On Sunday early morning, the body of Kevin Hunt, 48, was located at Hunter’s Creek Athletics Park in Star. Hunt was identified on your own and his vehicle was not at the park, in accordance to a web site put up from the Sheriff’s Office environment.
Right after an investigation, authorities decided that Honeycutt was dwelling with Hunt at an condominium in Nampa and may perhaps have been using Hunt’s vehicle.
Honeycutt was interviewed by police on Sunday night after Nampa Police assisted in locating him, and he was taken into custody.
“Honeycutt instructed investigators he drove Hunt to Hunter’s Creek Park on Saturday evening, viewed Hunt shoot himself all over 9 p.m., left the overall body there, took the gun, and disposed of it before heading back again to the Nampa apartment Saturday evening,” the website post said.
At a briefing on Monday afternoon, Star Law enforcement Chief Zachary Hessing reported a dive team identified the gun — which is considered to have been Hunt’s — around the Star Bridge in the Boise River on Monday morning. Police are not aware of Hunt or Honeycutt acquiring ties to Star.
At Tuesday’s arraignment, Justice of the peace Judge Michael Lojek set bail for Honeycutt at $50,000.
Lojek said court filings indicated Honeycutt has ties to Middleton. Reilly reported Honeycutt has a “fairly recent” driver’s license from Tennessee and an handle there dated to June 2020. Prosecutors are not mindful of prior prison convictions.
When questioned by the decide how he was emotion, Honeycutt stated “my psychological condition is just definitely, definitely afraid.”
A preliminary listening to is scheduled for Jan. 10.
Paul Schwedelson contributed to this story.