Bryan Kohberger’s defense granted access to officer training records

Posted at 7:35 AM, July 5, 2023 and last updated 11:15 AM, July 5, 2023

By: Cooper McCauley

BOISE, Idaho (Court TV/Scripps News Boise) — A judge has granted Bryan Kohberger’s defense team access to requested training records for some key officers in the case of four slain University of Idaho students.

Bryan Kohberger enters the courtroom

Bryan Kohberger enters the courtroom for a hearing Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow. (POOL)

In their motion for discovery, the defense argued that they need access to the training records of three officers involved in the case in order to understand the methods they utilize.

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Kohberger, 28, is accused of murdering four University of Idaho students on Nov. 13, 2022. Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death as they slept, according to authorities.

The first of these officers interviewed witnesses at the scene of the crime and worked on the search for a car related to the crime.

The second officer also conducted interviews with key witnesses who are expected to testify during the trial.

The third officer attended the victims’ autopsies and made decisions about which tips to pursue in the case.

The State argued that the information on these three officers was not material to the case, but the defense was granted access based on the precedent set in State v. Cohagan which found that officers often base their testimony on their training and experience.

The State is required to provide the defense with the training documents in question no later than July 14, 2023.


This story was originally published by Scripps News Boise, an E.W. Scripps Company.