Hearing delayed in Bryan Kohberger’s murder trial

Posted at 3:21 PM, August 29, 2023 and last updated 3:40 PM, August 29, 2023

By: Christine Coates

LATAH COUNTY, Idaho (Scripps News Boise) —  A hearing scheduled to address the defense Motion for Dismiss for Friday, September 1 in the case against Bryan Kohberger has been vacated and rescheduled for later in the month.

Bryan Kohberger enters the courtroom

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

A hearing to rule on whether or not cameras are allowed in the courtroom is still scheduled for Friday. The hearing will review a defense motion requesting that cameras not be allowed in the courtroom of any further proceedings in the case charging Kohberger with the murders of four University of Idaho students, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin.

Previously on the docket was Kohberger’s motion to dismiss the indictment on the grounds of biased Grand Jury, inadmissible evidence, lack of sufficient evidence, and prosecutorial misconduct in withholding exculpatory evidence.

As previously reported, the State argues that the documents supporting the motion contain “detailed factual and evidentiary issues that will require not only review and submission of the entire grand jury transcript (so that the court is able to assess the Defendant’s claims in context) as well as what appears to be complex scientific representations and disputes.”

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Previous orders by the judge required the State to have a response prepared by August 30. After filing for an extension, the hearing date was rescheduled as Judge John Judge granted the prosecution’s request for an extension of time to prepare for rebuttal in the motion to dismiss.

The State’s response to the defendant’s motion is due on September 14, and any reply from the Defense is due by September 20.

This hearing has been rescheduled for September 22 at 10:30 a.m. PT.

The original October 2 start date for Kohberger’s murder trial has been vacated, as the defendant has recently waived his right to a speedy trial.

Kohberger is currently facing the death penalty for the four first-degree murder charges.

Court TV will be in the courtroom for the hearing and will bring you live gavel-to-gavel coverage.

This story was originally published on August 29, 2023, by Scripps News Boise, an E.W. Scripps Company.