Kohburger’s murder trial postponed after the Moscow murder suspect waived his right to a speedy trial
The murder trial of University of Idaho student murder suspect Brian Kohberger has been indefinitely postponed from its scheduled October start date after he waived his right to a speedy trial in a court hearing Wednesday.
The major development in this case comes after only five days Hearing all day When Judge John Judge of Idaho’s 2nd Judicial District in Latah County set a September 15 deadline for Kohberger to make such a decision. under State LawCriminal defendants must be given a trial date within six months of being summoned if they do not waive this right.
In mid-May, a grand jury convened in Latah district at the invitation of the prosecution Kohlberger was charged on four counts of first degree murder and one count of felony burglary, resulting in the cancellation of the scheduled preliminary hearing. Kohberger was arraigned a week later and remained silent when asked about his admission to the charges, prompting the judge to plead not guilty. Judge Set a trial date Oct. 2.
Taylor requested a Wednesday hearing last week, telling the judge she thought it would be quick but asked to hold it in person rather than virtually. Kohberger joined her in the audienceHe is wearing a white shirt and a gray tie.
Kohberger, 28, is accused of maiming four students to death in an off-campus house on King’s Road in Moscow in November. The victims were elderly Madison Maugen and Kylie Goncalves, both 21 years old; and junior Zanna Kernodel and freshman Ethan Chapin, both 20 years old.
the Goncalves Publishing to their family’s Facebook page on the Wednesday morning before the session, asking for prayers.
“We fear that he will waive his rights in a speedy trial,” the post read. “If he does, the trial won’t start on October 2nd and very likely won’t take place for years. We want this trial to end. Just the thought that it could take years kills me completely.
Kohberger, a former graduate student in the criminal justice and criminology department at Washington State University, was arrested in December while visiting family in eastern Pennsylvania during a break from school. The hack in the case ended a manhunt that lasted nearly eight weeks. Kohberger was flown to Idaho on January 4 and made First appearance in court In state on charges the next day.
at Kohburger He remained in detention In Latah County Jail, in the basement of the District Court, awaiting his trial for nearly eight months.
Kohberger’s next scheduled court date is September 1, when the judge will hear his defence dismissal movement The grand jury indictment is based on arguments that the jurors were not properly instructed, and that the indictment did not meet the necessary legal threshold. A grand jury is a secret process in which the defendant, his defense, and the public are not permitted to be present.
spp filed its objection In response to a defense request, the indictment was dismissed last week. The pretrial schedule may be updated due to Kohberger waiving his fast track trial on Wednesday.