Bryan Kohberger set to be on trial for Idaho murders

Four students from the University of Idaho were murdered in their home November, Bryan Kohberger has since been arrested for the crime and set to appear in court in June


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Bryan Kohberger, facing first-degree murder charges in the slayings of four University of Idaho students last fall, is taken by Sheriff Deputies from the Monroe County Courthouse on Jan. 3, 2023, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Ella Trimingham, Staff Writer

On Nov. 13, four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death. It was not until January of this year that the suspect was put on trial and convicted. 

Bryan Christopher Kohberger was proven guilty of these murders. He has been charged with four counts of murder in the first degree, as well as a charge of felony burglary for these deaths. 

The police identified Kohberger through security footage of his car and phone records. The surviving roommate also gave a description to help identify him. 

Kohberger was arrested on Dec. 30 after investigators found numerous items in his apartment connecting him to the murders. However, no weapon was found. A knife sheath was found at the crime scene, and the DNA matched Kohberger. 

Before the murders, Kohberger also had online posts that suggested possible mental illness. The posts hint at death, feeling worthless and more. 

He described himself as a “sickly, tired, useless and stupid man” when he looked at himself in the mirror and felt that he did not deserve to live. 

“Nothing I do is enjoyable,” Kohberger wrote. “I am blank, I have no opinion, I have no emotion, I have nothing. Can you relate?”

Kohberger initially spent five days in jail from the murders. He appeared in court on Thursday Jan. 5 for a status hearing, and he waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing.

According to Newsweek, Anne Taylor, his lawyer, said that Kohberger waived his right to a timely preliminary hearing within 14 days. Instead, he wanted his defense team to have time to prepare for the case.  

His preliminary hearing is now scheduled to begin in late june but could be delayed if prosecutors need additional time to present evidence.