What Athol, Idaho’s Daniel Howard did to his wife Kendy Howard in 2021

Kendy Ann Wilkins Howard passed away at her home in Athol, Kootenai County, Idaho, United States on February 2, 2021. She was 48.

Howard was allegedly murdered by her husband Daniel Charles “Dan” Howard, now 57, of Athol. They have a son together.


In 1995, Dan became an Idaho State Police trooper. While on duty in 2011, he fired as a fleeing fugitive backed a Jeep into him and mistakenly shot a female passenger.

The passenger died and an outside agency ruled the shooting justified. After spending nine months on leave, Dan returned to duty.

In 2013, Dan confronted and threatened to kill his friend Matthew Wood after Kendy told Dan about her affair with Wood. Howard allegedly later poured syrup in Wood’s vehicles, left Wood vulgar messages and fired a shotgun at Wood’s house.


In May 2014, Dan was charged with first-degree stalking, aggravated assault and malicious injury to property. On November 14, 2014, he resigned from the Idaho State Police.

On January 5, 2015, Dan appeared before First District Court Judge Benjamin Simpson and sentenced for malicious injury to property, petty theft, title fraud and failing to tag a deer he shot. The judge imposed a suspended prison term of 3 years, placed Dan on probation and ordered the former Idaho State Police trooper to serve 120 days in local jail and perform 600 hours of community service.

On April 21, 2023, Dan turned himself in to the Kootenai County Jail in Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai County where he is being held without bond. He was charged with the murder of Kendy and felony domestic battery.

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