Judge Increases Bond for 16-year-old Charged in May Homicide

By Trish Mehaffey , Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A judge increased a bond Wednesday from $100,000 to $500,000 cash only for a Cedar Rapids 16-year-old charged last month in the homicide of a 22-year-old man in May.

Daimonay Richardson is charged with first-degree murder. She is accused of stabbing to death Ronald Kunkle during a robbery at his residence, 5663 Kirkwood Blvd. SW #9, May 18, according to a criminal complaint. Kunkle was stabbed nearly 30 times.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said the judge increased Richardson's bond based on the severity of the crime. Vander Sanden asked the court for the bond review after another judge waived jurisdiction into adult court earlier this month. Richardson was 15-years-old at the time she was charged.

Richardson, along with her boyfriend, D Anthony Curd, 19, of Cedar Rapids, who was previously charged with first-degree murder, admitted to police during questioning that they both stabbed Kunkle for the purpose of robbing him, according to court documents. They planned the attack after discovering Kunkle had $2,000. Kunkle's body was found by police until June 10.

Associate District Judge Casey Jones, who waived her into adult court, called the facts of the homicide "disturbing" in his order.

Jones said the murder wasn't a "heat of the moment killing or crime of opportunity," it was planned in advanced in order to rob Kunkle.

Richardson and Curd took steak knives to Kunkle's apartment and Curd got the victim to play to beer pong as a distraction while Richardson came up from behind Kunkle and stabbed him in the neck, according to Jones' order. Then, Curd joined in the attack and stabbed Kunkle nearly 30 times, holding the victim down as he stabbed him in the head, neck, torso and right thigh. Richardson said she stabbed him three times, once in the neck and twice in the body.

According to the order, they also attempted to destroy evidence and when they didn't find the $2,000, they took Kunkle's wallet and took his EBT card, which they later tried to obtain a loan in his name.

Jones said Richardson, who had been in the juvenile system for a few years, had received treatment for mental health and substance abuse without success, and if she was convicted in this case and stayed in juvenile court she wouldn't get the rehabilitation needed before her 18th birthday, when juvenile services would end. Jones transferred her to adult court so she could receive rehabilitation services such as probation, parole, substance abuse treatment and life skills training.
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