The execution of Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four college students from Idaho last year, will be postponed indefinitely. Kohberger forfeited his right to a speedy trial in court on Wednesday afternoon, delaying his trial from starting on Oct. 2 (less than six weeks away). The court recognized his waiver.
Kohberger’s defense counsel, Anne Taylor, said that they would need more time than would be available by October 2 to successfully present their case.
In order to address their motion to have the indictment dismissed, Kohberger’s defense indicated they still wanted to retain the hearing scheduled for September 1 and reassemble to talk about a new timetable reset after that. Since the prosecution said they would pursue Kohberger’s execution, the decision to postpone the trial had been expected for weeks.
In court on Wednesday, Judge John Judge explicitly assured Kohberger that he had not been coerced into giving up his right to a quick trial and that doing so was his choice. Kohberger concurred.
If a defendant does not waive this privilege, Idaho law mandates that they be given a trial date within six months after their arraignment. Prosecutors claim that on November 13, 2022, at around 2:00 a.m., Kohberger, a criminology Ph.D. candidate at nearby Washington State University, broke into an off-campus home and fatally stabbed four University of Idaho students:
Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21. After a six-week manhunt, police finally identified Kohberger as a suspect.
Kohberger was charged with four charges of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in a May indictment. He didn’t make a plea during his arraignment, so the judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf. Kohberger may receive the death sentence if found guilty.
Source: abc news