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Idaho College Murders: Justice Delayed? Suspected Killer Bryan Kohberger Makes Major Trial Decision

Idaho College Murders: Bryan Kohberger Makes Major Trial Decision
Source: @KAYLEEGONCALVES/INSTAGRAM; MONROE COUNTY CORRECTIONS FACILITY

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

Aug. 24 2023, Published 12:04 p.m. ET

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Bryan Kohberger, the suspect in the Idaho college murders, chose to waive his right to a speedy trial during an Aug. 23 hearing, delaying the start of his capital murder trial indefinitely.

The trial for Kohberger was set to begin on October 2. At a recent hearing, the defense attorneys argued several motions to delay the trial, and Judge John Judge said he planned on the trial beginning on time.

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Idaho state law mandates, with no exceptions, that a trial must begin within six months of indictment, which the grand jury delivered to Kohberger in May. If the trial doesn’t start within that timeframe, officials said there will be an automatic acquittal.

In November 2022, Kohberger, 28, was studying for a Ph.D. in criminology at Washington State University when police believe he broke into a home in Moscow, Idaho, and fatally stabbed four students — Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kernodle's boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20.

According to the Idaho Statesman, defense attorney Anne Taylor requested this most recent hearing last week and told the judge it would be quick and best in person rather than by video.

Taylor also said at Wednesday’s hearing that she plans on filing a motion to strike the death penalty from consideration, KREM reported.

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Kohberger is currently behind bars without bail and his next scheduled hearing date is Sept. 1.

At that hearing, the judge will hear arguments on the defense’s motion to dismiss the grand jury indictment and Judge also suggested a new trial date could be set at that time.

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