Thu. Apr 25th, 2024

The Latah County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has requested a trial date for murder suspect Bryan Kohberger, accused of killing four college students in Idaho.

The prosecutors aim for a six-week trial, including the sentencing phase, to commence in the summer of 2024. The move is intended to prevent clashes with local high school and college classes and to address logistical challenges arising from heightened media presence and limited parking near the courthouse.

The filing highlights concerns about the proximity of Moscow High School to the courthouse and emphasizes the strain on parking and safety caused by increased attention to the case. Prosecutors argue that a summer trial would enhance the availability of local accommodations, avoiding conflicts with university-related events that typically occupy lodging during academic sessions.

Originally scheduled for October, Kohberger’s trial was delayed when he waived his right to a speedy trial in August. The defendant, facing four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary, has denied involvement in the killings. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The prosecution proposes a daily trial schedule from 8:30 a.m. to around 3 p.m., allowing jurors time for personal affairs during the anticipated lengthy commitment. A hearing is requested to establish deadlines for filing necessary documents, including discovery, witness lists, and pre-trial motions related to the death penalty.

The defense, represented by public defenders, previously objected to providing an alibi notice for Kohberger’s whereabouts on the night of the murders. The filing in August explained Kohberger’s habit of driving alone at night, and the defense emphasized the lack of a specific witness to account for his exact location during the relevant time frame.

While the defense sought to dismiss the grand jury indictment, arguing an error in jury instructions, the judge rejected this motion in October. The defense claimed the standard of “probable cause” was not applicable in Idaho, but the judge maintained its relevance for a grand jury indictment.

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