ID v. Daniel Howard: Jealous Ex-Trooper Murder Trial

Posted at 7:30 AM, March 20, 2024 and last updated 7:48 AM, March 20, 2024

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho (Court TV) — An ex-Idaho trooper has been found guilty of killing his estranged wife.

On Tuesday, a jury convicted Daniel Howard of second-degree murder and domestic battery in the 2021 death of Kendy Howard. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 23.

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Defendant Daniel Howard appears in court Monday, March 18, 2024. (Court TV)

Howard surrendered to authorities in April 2023, two years after his wife was fatally shot. Investigators said on Feb. 2, 2021, Howard called 911 to report that Kendy, 52, had shot herself. An investigation led authorities to believe the fatal gunshot wound was not self-inflicted.

In 2014, Howard was suspended and resigned from the Idaho State Police (ISP) after he was hit with multiple charges, including grand theft, in Kootenai and Bonner counties, an ISP press release stated.

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

In Dec., Howard was released from jail while awaiting trial on a property bond, reported KREM.

While standing trial on Mar. 15, Howard was arrested by Spokane International Airport Police in Washington state. As part of his bond conditions, Howard was prohibited from coming within two miles of the airport. According to jail records, he was booked as a fugitive.