Ex-Idaho trooper accused of killing wife two years ago

Posted at 1:51 PM, April 25, 2023 and last updated 3:45 PM, July 7, 2023

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho (Court TV) — An ex-Idaho trooper is accused of murdering his wife two years ago.

Daniel Howard mugshot

This April 21, 2023 booking photo provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office shows Daniel C. Howard. (Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office)

Daniel Charles Howard, 57, turned himself in to authorities Friday for the 2021 death of his wife, Kendy Howard. He is charged with first-degree murder and domestic battery, according to a press release.

Investigators say Howard called 911 on Feb. 2, 2021, to report that his wife had fatally shot herself, reported Coeur d’Alene Press.

An investigation reportedly led authorities to believe the fatal gunshot wound was not self-inflicted.

In 2014, Howard was suspended and resigned from the Idaho State Police after he was hit with multiple charges in Kootenai and Bonner counties, according to Coeur d’Alene Press.

In 2015, he was given a suspended sentence of three years in prison and put on probation after being order to serve 120 days in jail and perform 600 hours of community service, according to The Spokesman-Review. The charges included accusations that he threatened to kill and harassed his wife’s alleged lover and that he stole ammunition from the Idaho State Police.