Complaint: Murder Victim Was Not Discovered for Nearly a Month
By Lee Hermiston & Trish Mehaffey, Reporters
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The body of 22-year-old Ronald Kunkle was not found for almost a month after he was allegedly killed by two Cedar Rapids teenagers.
According to a Linn County criminal complaint charging 19-year-old D’Anthony R. Curd with first-degree murder, Kunkle was stabbed multiple times of May 18 at 5663 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Apt. 9 on May 18. However, Kunkle’s body wasn’t discovered until police were called to the residence on June 10.
The Cedar Rapids Police Department announced on Monday they were charging Curd and 15-year-old Daimony Richardson in Kunkle’s murder.
Curd, who was wearing a padded vest as he appeared from the Linn County Jail during his initial appearance Tuesday, is accused of stabbing Kunkle during a robbery at his residence. He died of multiple stab wounds, according to a criminal complaint.
Curd was also charged for two probation violation stemming from a previous conviction for third-degree burglary in which he received a deferred judgment in October 2012.
Sixth Judicial Associate District Judge Casey Jones set Curd's bond at $1 million for the murder charge and$10,000 cash on two violation charges. A probation revocation hearing is set Nov. 19.
Police said they would not answer any questions about the investigation, but Curd’s criminal complaint provides some detail about the crime.
According to the complaint, Kunkle’s Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, card was stolen after he was killed. Police said Richardson was caught on camera using the card three times at a local convenience store.
When Curd was arrested on an unrelated matter, police executed a search warrant and seized the blood-stained boxer shorts that he was wearing. The boxer shorts were sent to the Division of Criminal Investigation, which identified Kunkle’s DNA in three separate blood stain.
Police said Richardson admitted during questioning that she and Curd stabbed Kunkle in order to rob him.
First-degree murder in punishable by a mandatory life sentence.
Little is known about Kunkle. According to an obituary, he was born in Detroit, Mich. and attended Iowa's Manson Northwest Webster High School. He previously lived in Cedar Falls, where his parents now live.
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