Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger stands silent at arraignment, not guilty pleas entered
MOSCOW, Idaho — Bryan Kohberger, the suspect accused of fatally stabbing four Idaho college students, stood silent in court docket on Monday as a choose entered not guilty pleas on all homicide fees.
His trial was tentatively set to start on Oct. 2 by Latah County District Judge John Judge.
When Judge requested Kohberger to enter a plea at the arraignment, protection lawyer Anne Taylor stood up and declined on behalf of her shopper.
“Your honor we will be standing silent,” she informed the court docket.
That prompted Judge to enter not guilty pleas on the defendant’s behalf.
During the extremely procedural 15-minute listening to, Judge learn all of the counts and attainable jail sentences for every earlier than asking Kohberger if he understood.
Kohberger mentioned “yes” every time.
Prosecutors now have 60 days to provide discover if they will search the dying penalty within the trial that is anticipated to final six weeks.
Kohberger wore an orange prisoner jumpsuit on Monday as he heard the court docket learn 5 counts in opposition to him, one for housebreaking and 4 for first-degree homicide in a case and ensuing manhunt that captivated the nation late final 12 months.
Indictments were unsealed last week, formally linking the 28-year-old Kohberger to the Nov. 13 slayings close to the University of Idaho.
The court docket paperwork mentioned Kohberger “did unlawfully enter” a house in Moscow, Idaho, earlier than “unlawfully, intentionally, with premeditation and with malice aforethought, kill and homicide” victims Maddie Mogen, 21; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20.
Mogen’s mother and stepfather, along with Goncalves’ parents, sister and aunt, were all in court to watch the brief hearing. Mother Kristi Goncalves got up from her seat and embraced Mogen’s stepfather, Scott Laramie, before Judge took the bench.
Kohberger, a doctoral pupil of criminology at close by Washington State University, was arrested on Dec. 30 at his household’s Pennsylvania residence.
Police and prosecutors have but to publicly discuss any possible motives for the surprising crimes that rocked the school city on the Idaho-Washington border.
Investigators linked Kohberger to the crime scene by cellphone indicators, safety digital camera footage, a witness in the home and a tan leather knife sheath, based on a probable cause affidavit filed in January.
That knife accessory was found near Mogen’s body and had Kohberger family DNA on it, authorities said in court documents.
Police collected garbage from outside the Kohberger family’s Pennsylvania home — and in that trash found DNA that was a high-probability match from the father of the person who left knife sheath behind in Moscow, investigators said.
Roommate Dylan Mortensen has told police she heard crying in the home that early morning and spotted “a determine clad in black clothes and a masks that coated the individual’s mouth and nostril strolling in direction of her,” based on the court docket paperwork.
Mortensen “described the figure as 5’10” or taller, male, not very muscular, however athletically constructed with bushy eyebrows. The male walked previous (her) as she stood in a ‘frozen shock phase.’ The male walked in direction of the again sliding glass door. (She) locked herself in her room after seeing the male.”
Kevin Nious reported from Moscow, Idaho. David Ok. Li reported from New York City.