By IVY BROWN and LAUREN SILVER
MOSCOW, Idaho (Court TV) – Idaho student slayings suspect Bryan Kohberger has been indicted by a grand jury and will be arraigned Monday.
An indictment, dated May 16 and obtained by Court TV, charges 28-year-old Kohberger with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.
He is now scheduled to appear in court Monday, May 22, for an arraignment at the Latah County Courthouse.
Kohberger is accused of killing four University of Idaho students on Nov. 13, 2022. The bodies of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were discovered in an off-campus rental home.
He was arrested at his parents’ Pennsylvania home on Dec. 30 and extradited to Idaho soon after. A preliminary hearing in his case was scheduled for June 26, 2023.
The indictment eliminates a need for a preliminary hearing, and Kohberger’s case will now go directly to the district court.
Kohberger’s case is being safeguarded by a gag order, which prohibits any attorneys, law enforcement agencies or others involved with the case from talking to the media, unless they are quoting from a publicly available court document. Court TV’s parent company has joined a coalition of other media in filling an appeal of the order.
Recently, prosecutors filed a response to a defense motion claiming evidence they had requested from the state had not been delivered. Prosecutors said they’ve handed over tens of thousands of reports, photographs and other evidence in the case.