Since Kohberger plans to file several new petitions, his trial will not begin on October 2 as previously scheduled.
MOSCOW, Idaho — The man accused of murdering four University of Idaho students last November has officially waived his right to a speedy trial and shared plans to file a petition to avoid the death penalty. .
Judge John Judge accepted Bryan Kohberger’s right to waive an expedited trial during a conference hearing on Wednesday. During that hearing, Kohberger and his attorney, Anne Taylor, also announced that they plan to file a motion for a death sentence.
For the sake of new petitions, Kohberger’s trial will not begin on October 2 as previously scheduled.
Kohberger, 28, is accused of killing Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen at a Moscow home last November. He was arrested at his family home in Pennsylvania on December 30, 2022 and has been at the Latah County Jail since the start of the year.
Since his arrest, Kohberger has been indicted by a grand jury on the charges against him and has remained silent about the charges against him, prompting the judge to issue five innocent pleas on his behalf. The state has also filed a petition requesting the death penalty against Kohberger.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Taylor said she doesn’t believe Kohberger’s case will be “in effect” or “ready” by October 2. She said the defense needs more time to review the case. state documents and complete other processes, including filing a motion for the death penalty, challenging a grand jury indictment against Kohberger, and banning courtroom photography.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson disagreed with Taylor, adding that the state wanted to end the trial sooner.
Judge Judge told Taylor he understood the defense wanted to be fully prepared for the trial and accepted Kohberger’s waive of his right to a speedy trial. He also suggested setting a new trial date after the next hearing, scheduled for September 1. That hearing will discuss Kohberger’s motion to dismiss the indictment.
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