Grand jury indicts Kohberger

A grand jury has indicted a Washington State University student in connection with the killings of four University of Idaho students.

Bryan Kohberger has been in custody since his Dec. 30 arrest, and faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the stabbing deaths of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen. The students were found dead in an off-campus house on Nov. 13. The slayings thrust the U of I into an international spotlight, and prompted some students to leave the campus for the remainder of fall semester.

Kohberger had faced a preliminary hearing, scheduled for June 26. But the grand jury indictment effectively allows prosecutors to bypass the preliminary hearing process, the Associated Press reported.

An arraignment is now scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT Monday at the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, the Idaho Statesman reported Wednesday.

More reading: Our in-depth coverage of the U of I’s tragic, turbulent school year.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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