Defense lawyers for Bryan Kohberger suggested the accused murderer may be able to provide an alibi concerning his whereabouts the night four University of Idaho students were brutally killed in an off-campus apartment in Moscow.
In a new Latah County Court filing obtained by The Independent, the defense offered hints Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminology PhD student at the University of Washington in Pullman, can account for his movements the evening Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were killed — but they don’t reveal where he claims he was at the time.
“Mr. Kohberger’s defense team continues investigating and preparing his case,” the documents state, noting, “Evidence corroborating Mr. Kohberger being at a location other than the King Road address will be disclosed pursuant to discovery and evidentiary rules as well as statutory requirements."
“It is anticipated this evidence may be offered by way of cross-examination of witnesses produced by the State as well as calling expert witnesses,” the documents continue.
Kohberger’s attorney noted that his client has a “Constitutional right to silence as well as to testify on his own behalf.”
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Police believe Kohberger broke into a home where the four victims were sleeping on Nov. 13 and fatally stabbed them with a large Ka-Bar-style knife, which has never been found.
Two roommates who were home at the time were not harmed during the deadly attack.
Detectives identified Kohberger as a suspect in the case after they traced DNA allegedly found on the knife’s sheath, which was recovered from beneath Mogen's body, to the defendant, officials said.
In a recent filing, the defense made the suggestion that the DNA evidence could have been planted “during an investigation that spans hundreds of members of law enforcement and apparently at least one lab the State refuses to name.”
Prosecutors refuted the claim that any evidence collected in the murder case was “rigged.”
Kohberger’s trial is scheduled to begin in Idaho on Oct. 2.
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