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Idaho College Murders: Hearing to Dismiss Indictment for Suspect Bryan Kohberger to Be Held Behind Closed Doors

Kohberger Hearing to Dismiss Indictment to Be Held Behind Closed Doors

Hearing to dismiss the indictment against Kohberger will be held behind closed doors.

Sep. 20 2023, Published 3:01 p.m. ET

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A judge sided with the attorneys for Bryan Kohberger, the suspect in the Idaho college murders, after they filed a motion seeking to hold a closed hearing in regards to their motion to dismiss his grand jury indictment, Front Page Detectives has learned.

Kohberger’s attorneys filed the motion on Sept. 19.

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Latah County District Judge John Judge sided with Kohberger’s defense team to have the hearing on Friday and the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office did not object.

In May, Kohberger was indicted during a private grand jury proceeding, which led to his arraignment.

During his arraignment, Kohberger chose to stand silent rather than enter a plea, forcing the judge to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.

With the hearing on Sept. 22, Kohberger’s attorneys are looking to get the indictment dismissed based on what they claim to be a biased grand jury, inadmissible evidence, a lack of sufficient evidence and the withholding of evidence, court documents state.

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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.

Kohberger is currently behind bars without bail and his trial was scheduled to start on Oct. 2, but he recently waived his right to a speedy trial, which could delay its start.


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