Idaho Murder Suspect Bryan Kohberger Maintains Silence in Court
Bryan Kohberger, the defendant accused of the brutal murder of four University of Idaho students, Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, stood quietly during his arraignment in Moscow, Idaho. The judge entered not guilty pleas on his behalf, signaling the beginning of the legal proceedings.
The 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger faces charges of four counts of murder and one count of felony burglary in connection with the aforementioned killings. The haunting tragedy that occurred last November sent shockwaves through the community.
The pleas of not guilty were declared in court on Monday, following Kohberger’s silence. This act signifies his exercise of the right to remain silent, as explained by NewsNation’s Senior National Correspondent Brian Entin and Idaho Statesman reporter Angela Palermo, who were present during the courtroom proceedings. The families of Mogen and Goncalves were also in attendance.
Last week, Kohberger was indicted in the case, allowing prosecutors to bypass the preliminary hearing originally scheduled for June 26. As reported by Entin and NBC News, a trial date has been set for October 2. Within the next 60 days, prosecutors will announce their decision on whether to pursue the death penalty.
On November 13, 2022, the lives of Goncalves, Mogen, Kernodle, and Chapin, all cherished friends and students at the University of Idaho, were tragically cut short. The gruesome murders took place in an off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho, between the hours of 4 and 4:25 a.m., as detailed in the probable cause affidavit.
Goncalves, Mogen, and Kernodle resided together as roommates, while Chapin was a guest spending the night with his girlfriend, Kernodle.
Authorities apprehended Kohberger based on DNA evidence found on a discarded knife sheath, surveillance footage, and cell phone pings from Kohberger’s phone, all linking him to the crime scene, according to the affidavit.
At the time of the murders, Kohberger was pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., situated approximately eight miles from the house where the students were tragically slain in Moscow.
In a memo released on February 24, the University of Idaho revealed plans to demolish the house at 1122 King Road in Moscow, where the students lost their lives. The owner of the house generously donated the property to the university, and the decision to demolish it is seen as a step toward healing and removing the physical reminder of the horrific crime that shook the community.