A preliminary hearing scheduled for late June has been canceled after a grand jury indicted four students at the University of Idaho in a stabbing deαth.
Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves were mμrdered at a rented property close to the University of Idaho campus on November 13, 2022, and Bryan Kohberger was arrested late last year and charged with burglary and four counts of first-degree mμrder. Kohberger was a criminology graduate student at Washington State University at the time of the mμrders, which sent shock waves through the tightly-knit towns of Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington.
On June 26, a preliminary hearing was set to begin, during which prosecutors had to convince a judge that there was sufficient evidence to proceed with criminal charges. On Wednesday, however, a grand jury indicted Kohberger on the same criminal charges, bypassing the preliminary hearing process and sending the matter directly to the state’s felony court level.
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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. pic.twitter.com/Be1egW5iuH
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The prosecution’s investigation, which they allege links Kohberger to the mμrders, is mainly described in court documents. Surveillance footage from a dead-end street near the rental home shows a white automobile, believed to be the one owned by Kohberger, driving past the house many times around the time of the mμrders.
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DNA evidence from a knife sheath recovered from where the students were mμrdered has been linked to Kohberger, 28. In addition, detectives believe that Kohberger’s cell phone was present in the area of the victims’ home on at least a dozen occasions before the mμrders. Still, it was reportedly switched off during the brutal homicide.
On December 30, 2022, court records showed that law enforcement agents detained Kohberger at his parents’ home in eastern Pennsylvania and seized things, including black clothing, medical gloves, a flashlight, and more. According to a second search request, investigators took damaged bedding, pieces of hair, and a single glove from his WSU apartment in Pullman.
However, it is unclear from the released court documents if the k!ller had a specific target in mind or not. It is also unclear whether or not authorities think Kohberger knew any of the victims before the night they were k!lled.
The four ladies, friends and members of the university’s Greek system, lived in the rented house across the street from campus. These women were Kernodle, Chapin, Mogen, and Goncalves. At the time of the assault, Kernodle’s boyfriend Chapin was spending the night. Many of their classmates and Moscow citizens were traumatized by the deαths.