State of Idaho to pursue death penalty against Kohberger

Bryan Kohberger walks into the Latah County Courtroom wearing a dark blue jacket, blue shirt and tie.
Bryan Kohberger enters the courtroom for a motion hearing regarding a gag order, Friday, June 9, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. Kohberger is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022. (Zach Wilkinson / The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via the Associated Press.)



New documents filed by the Latah County Prosecutor’s office say the circumstances of the murders meet multiple Idaho codes for pursuing the death penalty for Bryan Kohberger.  

Reasons listed include: multiple murders, a “disregard for human life” and that the nature of the crime was especially heinous and cruel. All of the victims were stabbed to death.

The names of the victims in the case are: Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle. At the time of his arrest in December, 28-year-old Kohberger was a graduate student at neighboring Washington State University studying criminology.

Kohberger will appear in court this week as his defense team argues for more time to review the evidence amassed by the prosecution. More than 10,000 photographs and 51 terabytes of digital materials have been submitted in the case.

Kohberger’s trial is scheduled for October 2, 2023.