Kohberger preliminary hearing set for June 26

Bryan Kohberger appeared briefly in Latah County courtroom Thursday — long enough for a judge to schedule another court appearance in June.

A preliminary hearing for Kohberger was scheduled for June 26.

Kohberger, a Washington State University doctoral student, faces four first-degree murder charges and a burglary charge in connection with the deaths of four University of Idaho students: Ethan Chapin, 20, a freshman from Mount Vernon, Wash.; Kaylee Goncalves, 21, a senior from Rathdrum; Xana Kernodle, 20, a junior from Post Falls; and Madison Mogen, 21, a senior from Coeur d’Alene.

The four students were found on Nov. 13 in an off-campus house, dead from multiple stab wounds.

Under state law, a preliminary hearing must be held within 14 days of an initial court appearance. But during Thursday’s hearing, Kohberger waived his right to a speedy hearing, Kevin Fixler and Angela Palermo of the Idaho Statesman reported, and Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson did not object to the timeline.

Kohberger, who is being held in the Latah County jail, is not likely to enter a plea until after the preliminary hearing, the Statesman reported.

Kohberger was arrested on Dec. 30 at his family’s home in Pennsylvania. Last week, after Kohberger’s extradition to Idaho, the Idaho judicial branch issued a 19-page affidavit outlining the Moscow Police Department’s case against Kohberger, and newly released details about the early morning slayings.


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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