- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - A trial has been set for an Idaho teenager charged with felony accessory to murder and concealing or destroying evidence in the death of his stepmother.

Ronnie Kincaid III, 17, who has been charged as an adult, appeared in Cassia County District Court Tuesday, The Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/1MB9b1J ). His trial has been scheduled for April 11.

According to prosecutors, Kincaid helped wash blood from his stepmother’s body after she was fatally wounded Sept. 6 by his father at their rural Declo home.

The coroner’s report shows an object was used to cause injuries that led to 34-year-old Melissia Kincaid bleeding to death.

The teen’s attorney Michael Tribe told the court that his client was pleading not guilty to the charges.

Cassia County District Judge Michael Crabtree said there is some question regarding an appeal filed in Kincaid’s juvenile case. He said it seems the juvenile and criminal cases will tum separately, though the juvenile case could be put on a “fast track.”

Kincaid’s father, Ronnie Gene Kincaid Jr., has been charged with first-degree murder, mayhem - a charged used when a person dismembers or disfigures a victim - two counts of penetration with a foreign object and concealing or destroying evidence.

According to court documents, the couple had sex after and the elder Kincaid later emerged from the bedroom and asked his son to check on Melissia. The documents say the teen found her on her back and told police he checked her pulse and looked for signs she was still breathing.

The coroner’s report concludes she died within 15 minutes of her injuries.

The father and son then put the woman in the shower around 2 a.m. They would later tell police they splashed water on her face to revive her.

At about 9 a.m., Kincaid Jr. called the police reporting that his wife was unresponsive. Blood was found by police in the hallway, bathroom and outside the home.

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Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com


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