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Prosecutor: Nampa teen said she killed man as ‘revenge’ for rape

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 6, 2020

By Katie Terhune

BOISE – An 18-year-old Nampa woman accused of shooting a man to death at a hotel told several people she killed the man as “revenge,” according to the prosecution.

Eava June-McCarthy is charged with second-degree murder and destruction of evidence.

Boise police were called out to the LaQuinta Inn and Suites on Emerald Street at about 12:40 a.m. Oct. 30. Officers found the victim, whose name has not been released, leaning up against the door of his room, bleeding from the chest.

Prosecutor Daniel Peterson said the man was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, where he died. Investigators determined the man had been shot twice in the chest at close range and stabbed in the eye.

The prosecutor said June-McCarthy told others she shot the man after going to his hotel room on “a ruse” to have sex.

“She told people that she shot him as revenge for allegedly raping her when she was younger,” Peterson said. “There has been no corroboration of her rape assertion.”

After leaving the LaQuinta, June-McCarthy threw the gun into a body of water, according to Peterson. The knife the victim had been stabbed with was recovered from the hotel. The prosecutor said June-McCarthy was trying to get help from other people to leave the state when she was arrested Monday by Caldwell police.

“Subsequent to the arrest on the warrant, the defendant gave several iterations of her story to law enforcement, potentially implicating other people,” Peterson said. “This is all under investigation.”

Cell phone data shows June-McCarthy had communicated with the victim, and was at the hotel when the shooting happened.

Peterson told Judge Adam Kimball the suspect “poses a great risk to the community” and is a flight risk. The prosecutor also noted June-McCarthy has prior arrests for crimes including drug possession, leaving the scene of an accident, and petty theft.

Kimball set bail in the case at $2 million. June-McCarthy is due back in court Nov. 20 for a preliminary hearing.

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