Kingston man allegedly killed by son

KINGSTON — Garrett James McKinstry, 21, was taken into custody at about 5 p.m. Oct. 11 in the 25000 block of South Kingston Road after his father, Jeffrey Allen McKinstry, 53, was found dead at the scene, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. Shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, Garrett McKinstry was arrested and booked at the Kitsap County Jail for first degree murder, with bail set at $1 million, KSCO public information officer Scott Wilson said.

The report of a domestic conflict was radioed in at about 4:48 p.m., and deputies arrived at the residence in minutes. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were also dispatched. Deputies reported the death as an apparent domestic violence homicide. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies said they found the deceased, and a few moments later, Garrett McKinstry, who was immediately taken in for questioning, Wilson said.

Jeffrey McKinstry "appeared to have died from violent means," according to a statement released by the KSCO. An autopsy conducted Friday by the Kitsap County Coroner's Office determined the cause of death was "massive external bleeding with multiple stab and incise wounds to the upper body." Family members have been notified.

Garrett McKinstry had his first court appearance at 3 p.m. Friday at the Kitsap County Supreme Court, Wilson said. Despite being booked into jail with the charge of first degree murder, he appeared in court with the charge of second degree murder, determined by the Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office. Garrett McKinstry is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 16 for a formal arraignment. Bail remains at $1 million.

Jeffrey McKinstry worked at Ordway Elementary School on Bainbridge Island as a counselor, and previously worked in the North Kitsap School District from 1989 to 1995, said NKSD community relations director Chris Case. Garret McKinstry was a 2004 North Kitsap High School graduate, and played on the Vikings basketball team.

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