Idaho Murders Suspect Bryan Kohberger Indicted—Paving Way For Trial


Bryan Kohberger—the suspect in the murder of four University of Idaho students last November—was indicted by an Idaho grand jury on murder charges Wednesday, leading to the cancellation of a preliminary hearing and paving the way for his arraignment and highly anticipated trial.

Key Facts

He is expected to appear in a Moscow, Idaho, courtroom on Monday for his arraignment and to enter his plea.

Kohberger was arrested in December and charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary and for allegedly breaking into a Moscow home and killing the students.

Prosecutors were not expected to take the case before a grand jury, NBC News reported, but the panel’s indictment allows them to forgo a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for late June that would have involved presenting evidence and allowing cross-examination of the state’s witnesses to determine if there was enough evidence for indictment.

Under Idaho law, the prosecution must prove there is enough evidence either through a grand jury or a preliminary hearing.

Key Background

Four University of Idaho students—Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen—were stabbed to death in an off-campus home in the small college town of Moscow on November 13, 2022. Kohberger, a Ph.D. student in the University of Washington’s criminal justice program, was arrested on December 30 for the murders and later extradited back to Idaho from his parents’ home in Pennsylvania. Police were able to link Kohberger to the case after DNA collected from his parents’ home matched DNA uncovered on a tan leather knife sheath found at the scene of the crime. The case drew national attention as law enforcement didn’t announce leads, suspects or a profile of the presumed killer for weeks, and they contradicted their own statements regarding whether the attack was targeted. The brutal murders shocked the Moscow community, leading the university to let students finish the fall semester online. When students returned in the new year for a new semester, many brought mace and flashlights and vowed not to walk alone; the school bolstered its security team and local law enforcement increased patrol, too, NBC News reported.

What To Watch For

Authorities still have not shared a potential motive for the crime, nor said if they believe Kohberger knew the victims.

Further Reading

Bryan Kohberger indicted by Grand Jury, to appear in court on Monday. (KREM)

Idaho college student slayings suspect Bryan Kohberger indicted by grand jury (NBC News)

Grand jury indicts Bryan Kohberger in connection with murder of 4 University of Idaho students (ABC News)

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