Surviving roommate agrees to interview with Kohberger attorneys

Posted at 8:25 PM, April 27, 2023 and last updated 7:09 PM, April 28, 2023


RENO, Nev. (Court TV) – Bethany Funke, who survived a quadruple murder at her Idaho home, has agreed to be interviewed by the accused killer’s attorneys to quash a subpoena for her to appear at his preliminary hearing.

Bryan Kohberger is charged with first-degree murder and burglary in the deaths of four University of Idaho students found murdered in their rented off-campus home on November 13, 2022.

Bryan Kohberger sits with his attorney in court.

Bryan Kohberger, left, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, looks toward his attorney, public defender Anne Taylor, right, during a hearing in Latah County District Court, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

An attorney representing Funke has filed a motion to quash a subpoena after Kohberger’s attorneys summoned her to appear at his June 26 preliminary hearing.

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The subpoena included an affidavit from a private investigator hired by Kohberger’s defense team, who said Funke had “information material to the charges against Mr. Kohberger; portions of information Ms. Funke has is exculpatory to the defendant. Ms. Funke’s information is unique to her experiences and cannot be provided by another witness.”

Funke’s attorney argued Kohberger’s attorneys had no legal standing to subpoena Funke, who currently resides in Nevada.

In a motion filed on Wednesday, Funke’s attorney said her client had reached an agreement with Kohberger’s attorneys to have her interview with them in Reno, in lieu of appearing at the hearing.

The motion does not stipulate when the interview will be done.

The other roommate who survived the murders, Dylan Mortensen, was not mentioned in the subpoena or motion.