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Idaho College Murders: Accused Killer Bryan Kohberger Could Face Death by Firing Squad if Convicted

Idaho College Murders: Bryan Kohberger Makes Major Trial Decision

Suspected killer Bryan Kohberger made major trial decision at a recent hearing in Idaho.

Jun. 27 2023, Published 7:04 p.m. ET

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Bryan Kohberger, the suspect accused of the murders of four University of Idaho students last fall, is facing the death penalty and, if convicted, he could face death by firing squad, according to authorities.

As Front Page Detectives reported, Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson filed the notice of his intent to seek the death penalty against Kohberger on June 26.

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In cases where a defendant is found guilty in a death penalty trial, defense attorneys are given the chance to present evidence of mitigating factors that would make the death penalty unjust, according to the AP.

These mitigating factors may encompass various aspects, such as the defendant's mental health challenges, if the defendant has shown remorse, and if the defendant is very young or suffered from childhood abuse.

In Idaho, executions by lethal injection are allowed. However, prison officials have been unable to obtain the necessary chemicals in recent months to carry them out, the AP reported. This has caused one planned execution to be repeatedly postponed.

According to the AP, death by firing squad will become an approved back-up method of execution beginning July 1. This new law was passed by the Idaho Legislature earlier this year, but the method is likely to be challenged in federal court.

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As Front Page Detectives previously reported, 28-year-old Kohberger was studying for a Ph.D. in criminology at Washington State University when police believe he broke into a home in Moscow, Idaho, and stabbed four students to death: Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kernodle's boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20.

The next hearing in Kohberger’s criminal case is scheduled for June 27.


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