Prosecutors: Murder of Bo Kirk appears to be random, suspect killed him in act of road rage

Questions have lingered for days about what lead to the murder of a Post Falls man. One of the main suspects appeared in court Monday. KREM 2's Taylor Viydo has more on the story. (10/31/16 at 5p.m.)

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho --- At a Monday hearing, prosecutors argued murder suspect David Hutto, 44, followed victim Bo Kirk after a road rage incident and kidnapped him, before shooting and killing him.

Hutto, the main suspect in the homicide case of Bo Kirk, made his first appearance in court on Oct. 31.

Kirk disappeared on Oct. 22. His body was found Oct. 25 in the Hayden Creek area of the Coeur d'Alene National Forest.

At the Monday hearing, prosecutors argued Hutto followed Kirk and kidnapped him. They said Hutto eventually bound and shot Kirk and argued the killing appears to be random.

"Mr. Kirk was followed home after the defendant was enraged by something Mr. Kirk did," argued prosecutors at the Monday hearing. "The defendant took measures to hide what happened. He purchased gasoline, burned Mr. Kirk's car."

During the hearing, Hutto remained emotionless. 

Law enforcement tracked down Hutto at a restaurant on Appleway Avenue in Coeur d'Alene on Oct. 28. He was booked on second degree murder charges.

A second person has been arrested in connection with Kirk's death, though detectives have not released arrest details or the name of the second suspect.

TIMELINEBo Kirk murder investigation

Lieutenant Stu Miller from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said this is a sealed case.

Miller said random murders like this one are very rare in this area.

“Well in this area it is very rare, the last one we had was probably 11 years ago, the last one I can remember, was Joseph Duncan,” said Miller.

Miller said that while he cannot specifically comment on this case, he said in road rage incidents there is usually a victim investigators can speak with.

“There is still a lot of investigative work that has to be done in this case, and I am sure there is going to be hours and hours and days and days, weeks probably before they wrap things up,” commented Miller.

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Hutto's bond is set at $2 million. Prosecutors said Monday he has warrants out of other states. Officials said Hutto has an extensive criminal history including charges of theft and robbery. KREM 2 also found records of larceny, burglary, and malicious injury to animals, personal property.

(© 2016 KREM)


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