Why Bryan Kohberger insanity plea not possible in Idaho courts

Criminologists offer insight into possible defenses and next steps in Bryan Kohberger’s case.

SEATTLE – “I was completely shocked. Absolutely utter shock. I can’t cry. I can’t think,” Kristi Goncalves said on the TV show “Dateline” last week.

The parents of Kaylee Goncalves, one of the victims of the Idaho murder, recounted to “Dateline” the moment they learned their daughter had been killed.

“My knees are shaking, I mean my whole body is shaking.

Steve and Kristi Goncalves said: “That’s when you lose all hope, you know. you have a little hope and then you realize that there is no more hope.”

During the two-hour special, Kaylee’s parents revealed that she had just moved in from her King Street home and had only returned to show off her new car to her best friend and attend a party. near.

On November 13, Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, brutally murdered.

More than eight weeks later, their accused killer, Bryan Kohberger, was in the courtroom. Kohberger’s attorney requested six months to gather evidence to identify alternative suspects.

Dr Casey Jordan, a criminologist and attorney, said that was their only defense as she described the evidence presented in the court documents as likely to be overwhelming.

“I was expecting a really layered defense to blame someone else, someone else, or get ready to give it another self,” says Dr.

Jordan points out that that argument won’t work in Idaho, one of the few states that doesn’t accept a mental condition as an excuse. However, she hopes prosecutors will bring up the death penalty so a plea agreement can be reached.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they asked as part of the plea agreement that he made it clear, in other words, possessed the murders and made him describe in very clear detail exactly what he was doing. we did the night of the crime,” said Dr. Jordan.

Although we won’t see the defendant again for many months, experts say his lack of emotion this week in court befits someone who could commit violent acts.

“I think he likes the attention. If he starts talking well, then the camera disappears. I think he will be a stone wall, if you will, don’t talk, don’t confess, don’t give us any clues to not plead guilty, ask for a trial to keep his name on news,” said Dr. Jordan.

Kohberger insists he is innocent. He is currently being held without bail and has said through his lawyer he hopes to be cleared of the charges.


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Edmund DeMarche

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