Bryan Kohberger, the suspect in the deαdly stabbings of four Idaho college students, remained silent on Monday as a judge entered not-guilty pleas on all mu*der charges.
Latah County District Judge John Judge had scheduled his trial on Oct. 2. At the arraignment, when the judge requested Kohberger to enter a plea, defense counsel Anne Taylor stood up and rejected on her client’s behalf.
“Your honor, we will be standing silent,” she said to the judge. As a result, the Judge entered not guilty pleas on the defendant’s behalf.
During the 15-minute session, Judge read all the counts and potential prison penalties before asking Kohberger whether he understood.
Kohberger answered “yes” each time. Prosecutors now have 60 days to notify the court if they intend to seek the deαth penalty in the six-week trial.
On Monday, Kohberger donned an orange prisoner jumpsuit as the court read five counts against him, one for burglary and four for first-degree m*rder in a case and subsequent manhunt that captivated the nation late last year.
Last Monday, indictments were unsealed, formally tying Kohberger, 28, to the Nov. 13 slayings near the University of Idaho.
Kohberger “did unlawfully enter” a home in Moscow, Idaho, before “unlawfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought, ki!! And m*rder” Maddie Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.
The brief hearing was attended by Mogen’s mother, stepfather, and Goncalves’ parents, sister, and aunt. Before Judge approached the bench, Kristi Goncalves rose from her seat and embraced Mogen’s stepfather, Scott Laramie.
Kohberger, a criminology Ph.D. student at nearby Washington State University, was detained on December 30 at his family’s Pennsylvania home.
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Police and prosecutors have not publicly addressed probable motives for the horrible atrocities that rocked the Idaho-Washington border hamlet.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in January, investigators linked Kohberger to the crime scene using cellphone signals, security camera footage, a witness in residence, and a tan leather knife sheath.
The knife accessory was discovered near Mogen’s body and included DNA from the Kohberger family.
Police collected trash near the Kohberger family’s Pennsylvania house and discovered DNA that was a high-probability match from the father of the individual who left the knife sheath behind in Moscow.
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Roommate Dylan Mortensen told police she heard sobbing in the house that early morning and saw “a figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her.”
Mortensen “identified the figure as 5’10” or taller, male, not very muscular, but athletically built, with bushy eyebrows.” The man passed past her while she was in a ‘frozen shock phase.’ The man approached the back sliding glass door. After seeing the male, she shut herself in her room.”
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