Latest update on Idaho murders: Bryan Kohberger’s earlier arrest is revealed as the defense begins a fight for his life

Bryan Kohberger: The death penalty is sought

It has now been revealed that Bryan Kohberger was convicted of theft nine years before he allegedly brutally stabbed four University of Idaho students in an off-campus home in Moscow.

Court documents obtained by ABC News show that Mr. Kohberger was arrested in 2014 and charged with stealing his sister’s cellphone shortly after he left rehab for substance abuse treatment.

When confronted by his father Michael about the theft, Mr. Kohberger coldly warned him not to “do anything stupid,” court filings show. It was his father who then reported the incident to the police.

The revelation came as the 28-year-old graduate student appeared in court on Tuesday as his defense began the fight for his life.

The accused killer, dressed in a suit and tie, showed no emotion as he sat with his lawyers while several motions were presented to the judge.

Lawyers for Mr Kohberger said they were not “on a fishing trip” but pointed out they need more evidence from prosecutors to produce so they can build his defense.

On Monday, prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty in the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle.

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IN PICTURES: Bryan Kohberger in court

Bryan Kohberger enters the courtroom during a hearing Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho

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Bryan Kohberger appears in court

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Bryan Kohberger will appear in court on June 27

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Rachel SharpJune 28, 2023 10:30 am

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Bryan Kohberger’s defense is asking for training records from three officers who have investigated homicides in Idaho

In a hearing in Latah County Court, Judge John Judge heard arguments about several motions filed by the defense, including seeking details about the DNA evidence, seeking details about the grand jury that returned a murder charge against him, and the Ordering a Stay of Proceedings Take a break until the case goes to trial.

The IndependentRachel Sharp and Andrea Blanco report:

Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 10:00 am

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Judge agrees to limit, but not remove, confidentiality order in University of Idaho student killing case

An Idaho judge has denied a request from about two dozen news organizations to overturn a warrant to remain silent in a criminal case against a man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students. However, in response to concerns from news organizations, the judge significantly reduced the lockdown.

The verdict was announced late Friday afternoon.

In it, 2nd Circuit Judge John Judge said it made legal sense to bar attorneys from making some statements about the case to protect Bryan Kohberger’s right to a fair trial. Still, the judge also said that the original order of silence, which also prohibited law enforcement officials and others only marginally connected to the case from speaking to the press, “arguably was too broad and vague in some areas.” may be.

Kohberger, 28, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary in connection with the stabbings in Moscow, Idaho. Prosecutors have not yet announced whether they intend to seek the death penalty.

The bodies of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were found on November 13, 2022 in a rental home across from the University of Idaho campus. The killings shocked the rural community in Idaho and in neighboring Pullman, Washington, where Kohberger was a graduate student in criminology at Washington State University.

Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 09:00

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Bryan Kohberger’s father called police about the accused Idaho killer nine years before the murders

Court filings recently obtained by ABC News show Mr. Kohberger was arrested in 2014 and charged with stealing a cell phone from his sister Melissa.

The IndependentRachel Sharp reports:

Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 08:00

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Four stabbed students, a week-long manhunt and still no motive: what we know about the Idaho murders

When the sole suspect in the stabbing of four Idaho students reappears in court to face a murder charge, Andrea Blanco, Rachel Sharp And Sheila Flynn Report on the small-town Idaho case that shocked America:

Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 07:00

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Cleaning company returns personal items to families of Idaho murder victims

A cleaning company is back at the scene where four University of Idaho students were murdered last year.

On Tuesday (June 27), a large truck was seen in front of the three-storey house in Moscow where Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were murdered last November as the process to return their personal belongings to loved ones continues becomes.

According to earlier reports, the house, now owned by the University of Idaho, is slated for demolition sometime this summer.

The cleaning company tasked with removing all items in the home ahead of a demolition said CourtTV A statement said no timeline has been set but staff are staying in touch with family members throughout the process, which may take several weeks.

“We begin the sanitation with the removal of all personal belongings for families to receive as they wish. This will take several weeks. “No date set for demolition,” the statement said.

Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 06:00

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Idaho murder victim’s father responds to prosecutors’ call for the death penalty in Bryan Kohberger’s case

The father of a murdered University of Idaho student has welcomed news from prosecutors that the state will seek the death penalty on the sole suspect in the case.

Seven Months After the Death of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen,

Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 05:00

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Idaho prosecutor is asking for an increase in funds for Bryan Kohberger’s trial

An Idaho prosecutor has requested a significant increase in funds to help meet the costs of bringing four-time murder suspect Bryan Kohberger to justice.

The Latah County Attorney’s Office asked the commissioners to allocate $135,000 towards litigation costs, which is reportedly a significant increase from the normal budget of $15,000 The Lewiston Tribune.

Mr. Kohberger has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in November’s brutal stabbing of University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

He remains in Latah County Jail, his trial is expected to take place between October 2nd and November 12th.

Mr. Kohberger chose to remain silent during his arraignment hearing on May 22, and Latah County District Judge John Judge pleaded not guilty on his behalf.

Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 04:00

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Xana Kernodle’s family is calling on the community to ‘have fun’ on her 21st birthday.

“My sister Xana Kernodle was born on July 5th, 2002 and celebrated her 21st birthday this year. We hope to celebrate #xanapalooza this year and every year by being goofy, having fun, stepping out of our comfort zones and loving life like she did every day,” her sister Jazzmin wrote on Facebook.

“What she loved most was enjoying every day to the fullest, creating memories, gaining new experiences, being silly and of course all the people around her.” Help us celebrate #xanapalooza and celebrate Xana on her 21st birthday . honor your July 5th birthday by doing something fun, new, and spontaneous!”

Xana Kernodle’s sister Jazzmin Kernodle posted this on Facebook

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Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 03:00

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Idaho prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for college murder suspect Bryan Kohberger

Idaho prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Bryan Kohberger, the 28-year-old criminal justice graduate accused of murdering four University of Idaho students in a brutal knife attack that shocked America.

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson filed a notice Monday in a court in Moscow, Idaho, regarding his intention to seek the death penalty, citing five “aggravating circumstances” that could warrant the maximum death penalty sought .

Those circumstances include that the murder was “particularly heinous, cruel, or gruesome and expressing exceptional depravity” and that the accused displayed “complete disregard for human life.”

“The State is issuing this notice based on the fact that it has not identified or received any mitigating circumstances sufficient to prohibit the experts from considering all penalties authorized by the Idaho legislature, including the possibility of a death penalty,” prosecutors wrote the filing.

“Thus, considering all the evidence currently known to the State, the State is compelled to submit this Letter of Intent to Enforce the Death Penalty.

Andrea BlancoJune 28, 2023 02:00

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