Bryan Kohberger appears in court for motions hearing

Posted at 10:37 AM, August 15, 2023 and last updated 6:54 AM, August 21, 2023


LATAH COUNTY, Idaho (Court TV) — Accused quadruple murderer Bryan Kohberger is in court this afternoon for a motions hearing ahead of his October trial.

Several experts on DNA and genealogy are expected to testify.

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Bryan Kohberger enters the courtroom for a motion hearing regarding a gag order, Friday, June 9, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. Kohberger is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP, Pool)

In court documents, Kohberger’s defense team stated they intend to argue two motions:

Previously, prosecutors said they intend to argue the following:

Kohberger is facing four first-degree murder charges and a felony burglary charge in the deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. The University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death in a home near campus on Nov. 13, 2022.

At his arraignment in May, Kohberger exercised his right to stand silent and Judge John Judge entered not guilty pleas to the five charges.

Earlier this month, his attorneys said in court documents that their client was “out, driving” alone the night of the murders. The document was filed after prosecutors asked the court to force Kohberger to reveal if he intends to offer an alibi, reported The AP.

Kohberger’s trial is currently scheduled to begin Oct. 2. In June, prosecutors said they intend to seek the death penalty.