Trial Delayed for Accused University of Idaho Stabbing Suspect

Trial Delayed for Accused University of Idaho Stabbing Suspect

The trial for Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death last year, has been postponed. Kohberger waived his right to a speedy trial during a court appearance in Latah County on Wednesday. His attorney, Anne Taylor, stated that she may not be ready for the trial by the scheduled date of October 2. Kohberger is facing four counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, which occurred near the University of Idaho campus in November. At the time, Kohberger was a graduate student studying criminology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

A not guilty plea was entered on Kohberger’s behalf earlier this year. Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson has expressed his intention to seek the death penalty. Kohberger’s defense team plans to file a motion to strike the death penalty and another motion to ban cameras in the courtroom. Latah County District Judge John C. Judge asked Kohberger if he was comfortable waiving his right to a speedy trial, to which Kohberger responded affirmatively.

Under Idaho law, a trial must occur within six months of an arraignment unless the defendant waives that right. Kohberger was arraigned on May 22 after being indicted by a grand jury. A new trial date will be determined after Kohberger’s next hearing, scheduled for September 1.

Author: CrimeDoor

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