Idaho murders: Bryan Kohberger’s protection stands silent at arraignment, decide enters not responsible pleas

A decide entered pleas of not responsible to all expenses for Bryan Kohberger at his arraignment Monday – greater than seven months after detectives allege he fatally stabbed 4 College of Idaho undergrads of their off-campus dwelling.

Deputies escorted Kohberger into the courtroom round 9 a.m., the place he stood earlier than Decide John Decide.

The defendant, carrying an orange jumpsuit and no handcuffs, smiled at his protection lawyer, Kootenai County Public Defender Anne Taylor, and sat quietly. He nodded as Decide learn his rights aloud.

Taylor stated they might “be standing silent,” so Decide entered the not responsible pleas for the fees towards Kohberger. “Standing silent” means the defendant doesn’t take a responsible or not-guilty stance however has the identical end result as pleading not responsible.


Bryan Kohberger wears an orange jumpsuit in court on May 22, 2023

Bryan Kohberger, carrying an orange jumpsuit and no handcuffs, smiled at his protection lawyer, Kootenai County Public Defender Anne Taylor, and sat quietly.  (Alokito Mymensingh 24)

Idaho lawyer Edwina Elcox, who beforehand represented alleged “Cult Mother” Lori Vallow, famous that as a result of Kohberger didn’t enter a responsible plea himself, his determination to face silent “generally is a tactic to proceed negotiations with the prosecution.”

After the listening to, sufferer Kaylee Goncalves’ father shook arms with Ben Mogen, Madison Mogen’s father.

Kaylee’s sister, Alivea Goncalves, stated it was “vital” for her household to be current at Monday’s listening to.

Goncalves walks up the stairs to see the arraignment of Bryan Kohberger

Kristi Goncalves arrives to Latah County Court docket, Monday, Could 22, 2023. The mom of slain College of Idaho pupil Kaylee Goncalves was there for the arraignment of Bryan Kohberger, who’s accused of killing Kaylee and three different college students. (Derek Shook for Alokito Mymensingh 24 Digital)

Kohberger faces 4 expenses of first-degree homicide and one other depend of felony housebreaking in reference to the Nov. 13, 2022, stabbings of Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, additionally 20.

The prosecutor’s workplace has 60 days to inform the protection if they’re looking for the loss of life penalty. 

University of Idaho victims Madeline Mogen, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee Goncalves

The victims of Nov. 13 College of Idaho bloodbath, from left to proper: Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen. (Instagram @xanakernodle / @maddiemogen / @kayleegoncalves)

Taylor requested the decide for a six-week trial starting in October, which Decide authorized. He set an Oct. 2 begin date — lower than a 12 months after the slayings — for a six-week trial.


The three younger girls lived collectively in a six-bedroom dwelling simply steps off campus with two different housemates who weren’t focused. Chapin was courting Kernodle and visiting for the night time – simply days earlier than the scholars would have left for Thanksgiving break.

Kohberger, 28, was learning for a Ph.D. on the neighboring Washington State College. 

Moscow, Idaho college killings suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger seen in mugshot

This picture offered by Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility exhibits Bryan Kohberger. Arrest paperwork filed by Pennsylvania State Police in Monroe County Court docket, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, stated Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition in a prison murder investigation within the killings of 4 College of Idaho college students, primarily based on an lively arrest warrant for first diploma homicide issued by the Moscow Police Division and Latah County Prosecutor’s Workplace. (Monroe County Correctional Facility through Alokito Mymensingh 24)

In beforehand unsealed courtroom paperwork, police alleged that they traced his car, a white Hyundai Elantra, to the victims’ dwelling at the very least a dozen occasions previous to the murders and as soon as extra hours later however earlier than police had arrived. Additionally they allegedly discovered DNA proof on a Ka-Bar knife sheath discovered subsequent to Mogen’s physique.


All 4 college students had been stabbed to loss of life, in accordance with Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt – and at the very least a few of them have been doubtless sleeping initially of the 4 a.m. ambush.

Bryan Kohberger's WSU portrait next to his victims

Bryan Kohberger and his alleged victims, clockwise from prime left, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Kaylee Goncalves. (WSU/Instagram)

Kohberger is being held with out bail on the Latah County Jail in Moscow, Idaho.

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He may face the loss of life penalty if convicted. The suspect may face 10 years in jail and as much as 4 consecutive life sentences if he’s discovered responsible. 

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Peter Johnson