The previous day, Cantrell’s husband, Kevin Kline, returned home around 3:35 p.m. and found his wife dead and “laying in a pool of blood” in the living room of their home in Middleton, according to a Canyon County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit obtained by the Idaho Statesman.
She was declared dead on the scene, and detectives determined her manner of death homicide.
Cantrell’s son was arrested in Nampa nearly eight hours later, at 11:15 p.m., and booked into the Canyon County jail.
At Davis’ arraignment, Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Sean Jorgenson said Cantrell suffered multiple stab wounds, including to the abdomen and neck, during what he said was a “truly horrific" slaying.
Davis bond was set at $5 million. According to the prosecutor, the suspect’s charge could be upgraded to first-degree murder pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.
The affidavit states Cantrell and Klein recently had evicted him from the home due to “poor behavior” and he was living in a halfway house in Nampa.
A search of Davis vehicle allegedly turned up clothing, including pants, that appeared to be stained with a red substance, according to the affidavit, as well as bloody clothing at the halfway house.
The affidavit states Davis had a scratch on his hand and a deep laceration to his thigh, among other injuries. “Levi showed no emotion when talking about the death of his mother,” detectives wrote in the affidavit.
Colleagues of the victim, who was the executive director of the West Valley Humane Society in Caldwell, wrote on Facebook that she was the “heart and soul” of the organization and a “fierce advocate for both animals and people in need.”
“She was a kind, compassionate and empathetic friend, mother, wife, grandmother and daughter,” the post reads. “Her impact on the world moves far past the animal shelter and directly into the hearts of the many she took under her wing."