Prosecutors in the case against Bryan Kohberger, charged with the murder of four University of Idaho students, have requested the trial be scheduled for the summer of 2024. This scheduling is intended to avoid conflicts with the academic calendars of local high schools and universities, considering the anticipated media presence and increased activity around the courthouse, which is near Moscow High School.
In a recent filing, the prosecution emphasized the need for maintaining public safety and convenience due to the trial’s proximity to educational institutions. They also requested deadlines for various pretrial preparations, including discovery completion, pretrial motions, disclosure of expert witness lists, and proposals for jury questionnaires and instructions.
Originally set to commence on October 2, the trial was delayed indefinitely after Kohberger waived his right to a speedy trial. The prosecution has proposed a status conference to reorganize the trial timeline.
Kohberger, a Ph.D. student in criminology at Washington State University at the time, is accused of breaking into an off-campus home and fatally stabbing Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, on November 13, 2022. He was arrested on December 30, 2022, in Pennsylvania and subsequently indicted in May on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.
At his arraignment, Kohberger did not enter a plea, leading the judge to enter a not-guilty plea on his behalf. His defense team has stated that he was alone in his car on the night of the murders and was not present at the crime scene. Kohberger faces the death penalty if convicted.