Bryan Kohberger Update
Prosecutors have opted to pursue the death penalty for Bryan Kohberger, the individual accused of murdering four University of Idaho students in November. Bryan Kohberger, aged 28, faces charges of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary. Among the victims who tragically lost their lives in the incident were Ethan Chapin, a 20-year-old from Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, a 21-year-old from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, a 20-year-old from Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, a 21-year-old from Rathdrum, Idaho.
In a court filing on Monday, the prosecutors stated, “The State is issuing this notice as no mitigating circumstances that would prevent the consideration of all authorized penalties, including the death sentence, have been identified or provided to the State. Therefore, based on all currently known evidence, the State is obligated to file this notice of intent to seek the death penalty.”
Bryan Kohberger was apprehended on December 30 at his parents’ residence in Pennsylvania on a fugitive from justice warrant. He was extradited to Idaho and officially charged on January 5.
During his arraignment on May 22, a not guilty plea was entered on Bryan Kohberger’s behalf, as he did not respond when asked by the judge how he pleaded.
At the time of the murders, Bryan Kohberger was a Ph.D. Bryan Kohberger, at the time of the killings, was a student pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology and working as a teaching assistant at Washington State University’s Pullman campus., which is located approximately 15 minutes away from the crime scene in Moscow, Idaho.
Authorities have reported that they believe the victims were asleep at the time of the attack and sustained multiple stab wounds caused by a large knife resembling those typically used in military settings.
Court documents filed in the case allege that Bryan Kohberger’s DNA closely matches the DNA found on a knife sheath discovered at the murder scene.
In an interview with “48 Hours,” Kristi Goncalves, the mother of Kaylee Goncalves, expressed her wish for Bryan Kohberger to be sentenced to death. She stated her hope that he would be “put to death like an animal like he is.”
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