A Coeur d'Alene homicide suspect got a stunning blow
in court Thursday when he learned he's facing a series
of new charges thanks to a Kootenai County grand jury.
David Hutto was indicted for arson, robbery, kidnapping
and first-degree murder in connection with Bo Kirk's
KXLY4 broke the story first online, on Twitter and
had the only camera in court when Hutto got the bad
news from prosecutors.
The new charges, handed up by the grand jury, reflect
the series of crimes that ultimately led to Bo Kirk's
The most significant change: detectives think they
now have the evidence to
show Kirk's murder was premeditated.
Thursday was the day David Hutto was supposed to get
his preliminary hearing - a mini trial where the judge
would have heard testimony from witnesses about Hutto's
alleged involvement in Bo Kirk's disappearance.
Instead, prosecutors announced they had handed over
Hutto's case to grand jurors who found plenty of good
reasons to indict him. Specifically, that Hutto kidnapped
Bo Kirk at gunpoint from his Coeur d'Alene driveway,
that Hutto robbed Kirk of his truck and debit card
which were used to loot Kirk's bank account, that
Hutto committed the crime of arson by torching Kirk's
pickup truck, and that it was Hutto who fatally shot
Kirk near the Hayden Creek gun range.
New court documents show that Hutto's roommate, Justin
Booth, testified before the grand jury implicating
Hutto in the killing. Booth was apparently the second
person seen inside Kirk's stolen truck at the bank,
because after Hutto's arrest, Booth hopped in a car
with sheriff's detectives and retraced the route taken
the night of Kirk's murder.
This grand jury indictment is bad news for Hutto in
more ways than one, robbing Hutto of his right to
a preliminary hearing before a Kootenai County judge.