Idaho's Supreme Court denies request for permission to appeal murder charges

Prosecution proposes summer trial for suspected killer Bryan Kohberger
Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 12, 2024

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho News 6 has learned that charges against Bryan Kohberger will not be tossed out, despite a request to do so from his lawyers.

In a new filing Tuesday, Idaho's Supreme Court has denied a motion for permission to appeal. It is also allowing the motions filed by both the state and Kohberger’s lawyers to remain sealed.

Lawyers for the accused killer of four Idaho college students had wanted the state's highest court to step in on a previous decision made by the judge overseeing his case, not to dismiss Kohberger's grand jury indictment.

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Prosecutors allege that on Nov. 13, 2022, Kohberger broke into an off-campus home and stabbed four University of Idaho students to death: Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.

After a six-week hunt, police arrested Kohberger as the suspect at the end of last December at his family's home in Pennsylvania. He was indicted in May and charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary. At his arraignment, he declined to offer a plea, so the judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

A trial date has not yet been set, but if convicted, Kohberger could face the death penalty.