U of I named in tort claims stemming from slayings

The families of two University of Idaho students murdered in an off-campus house in November have filed tort claims against several entities, including the U of I.

The Idaho Statesman reported Thursday on the tort claims, filed by the families of Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen.

The claims were filed with the U of I, the city of Moscow and the Idaho State Police, the Statesman reported. It’s unclear how much money the families might seek in a civil suit, the Statesman reported.

A tort claim is not a lawsuit. Instead, the filing is a precursor to a lawsuit — essentially serving notice to a public agency.

Under state law, parties have a six-month deadline to file a tort claim. The Goncalves and Mogen families filed their claims in early May, the Statesman reported.

Goncalves, Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were slain on Nov. 13, after suffering multiple stab wounds in an early-morning attack.

Bryan Kohberger, a Washington State University graduate student, faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the slayings. He was arraigned Monday, and a trial is scheduled for Oct. 2.





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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