Thursday, 2 Feb 2023

Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger waives right to speedy trial

Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger appears in court with ‘self inflicted’ cuts on his face: Accused killer waives his right to speedy trial and will return to court in June

  • Kohberger, 28, is accused of four counts of murder; he is yet to enter a plea
  • The case is expected to advance from magistrate court to division court in June
  • A Latah County Sheriff’s Deputy said Kohberger’s scratches were ‘accidental’
  • Once that has happened, Kohberger will enter a plea on the charges 
  • Today, he waived his right to a speedy trial during the brief court appearance  

Accused Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger appeared in court today with a scratched face as he waived his right to a speedy trial. 

The 28-year-old will return to court in Moscow on June 26 – six months from now – for a preliminary hearing. 

He requested the gap in court proceedings  – waiving his right to a timely hearing – to allow his attorneys more time to learn more about prosecutors’ case against him.  

As he took his seat, scratches along the left side of his chin were clearly visible. It’s unclear how he sustained the scratches. 

A deputy from the Latah County Jail told DailyMail.com that the cuts were ‘accidental’, and that Kohberger inflicted them on himself.

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Accused Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger appeared in court today with a scratched face as he waived his right to a speedy trial

 Bryan Kohberger enters court in Idaho on Thursday January 12 wearing an orange prison t-shirt 

‘It’s not a reportable incident, that’s all I can say,’ the deputy said. 

In court, Kohberger waived his right to a speedy trial and was held without bail following a brief court appearance. 

Kohberger’s attorneys previously said he denied the killings, but he has not yet entered a plea. So far, Kohberger has only appeared before judges in Idaho’s magistrate court division. 

If the case progresses to trial – which it is expected to – it will be moved to the district division, which is reserved for more serious offenses. 

The hearing in June will determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to the division court. 

Once it has, Kohberger will be asked to enter a plea. 

Kohberger did not speak at the hearing today aside from answering ‘yes’ and ‘no’ when asked by the judge if he understood the process, and whether he needed more time to speak with his attorney.  

‘Mr Kohberger understands his right to a timely preliminary hearing, and he’s willing to waive the timeliness to allow us time to obtain discovery in this case,’ his lawyer. public defender Anne Taylor, said. 

His appearance came as a neighbor revealed that he’d asked him about the murders back in November, and commented on the fact that police had ‘no leads.’  

Kohberger, 28, is accused of murdering Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on November 13 in the quiet, college town of Moscow, Idaho

The neighbor is speaking now for the first time in an interview with CBS. 

He lives in the off-campus apartment complex where Kohberger – who appeared in court today – was living while studying a PhD in criminology at the University of Washington State, seven miles from the Moscow murder house. 

He did not wish to be identified, but told how Kohberger asked him about the murders days after they happened in November. 

‘He brought it up in conversation, asked if I’d heard about the murders. Which I had. 

‘He said, “It seems like they have no leads… like it was a crime of passion.” 

‘At the time of our conversation it was only a few days after it happened. There wasn’t much detail out,’ he said. 

Kohberger is due in court in Idaho today for what will be his second appearance. 

The hearing is expected to be brief and will be focused on scheduling. Kohberger has not yet entered a plea. 

He is accused of four counts of first degree murder and one count of burglary. If convicted on the murder charges, he faces the death penalty. 

The neighbor  (left, in a hood with his back to the camera) speaks for the first time in an interview with CBS. He requested anonymity

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