Speculation that Bryan Kohberger was ‘co-accused’ in Idaho murder case debunked

A prominent lawyer has debunked speculation that suspected killer Bryan Kohberger was an accomplice in the stabbing murder of four University of Idaho students.

Duncan Levin, a former assistant district attorney in the Manhattan DA’s office and attorney at Levin & Associates, Independent About the criminal case against a 28-year-old criminology doctoral student.

Mr. Kohberger is facing the death penalty for the murder of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on November 13 in Moscow, Idaho.

Last week, Mr. Kohberger’s lawyer, Ann Taylor, requested a discovery regarding the case, asking the judge to submit all the findings in the case within 14 days from the prosecutor.

Reconnaissance requests included witness statements, digital media, and police reports about the incident. It also included a request for information about a “defendant”.

“The statements of the defendants. Any written or recorded statement by a co-defendant, and the substance of any relevant oral statement made by a co-defendant before or after his arrest in response to questioning by any person known to be a magistrate or attorney’s attorney, or those otherwise relevant to the alleged crime”.

The request has sparked speculation online that there may be evidence that Mr Kohberger was an accomplice in the murders, or that the defense may plan to claim it as part of their case.

However, Mr. Levin explained that this was only part of standard discovery requests in one case.

“These are very standard requests that are part of the defense’s reconnaissance request,” he said.

While excluding other people as possible suspects would likely form part of the state’s lawsuit against Mr Kohberger, the move in his defense did not indicate that there were other suspects, he said.

The probable cause statement does not mention another defendant, and law enforcement officials have previously insisted that they believe the suspect acted alone.

The request, which mentions a co-defendant, is just one of 18 discovery requests filed in the court file.

“I don’t think I’m going to enjoy it much,” Levin said of the discovery request.

Bryan Kohberger appears in court in Idaho where he is charged with quadruple murder (AP)

Bryan Kohberger appears in court in Idaho where he is charged with quadruple murder (AP)

Mr. Kohberger, presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial, remains behind bars at Latah County Jail as he awaits his preliminary hearing on 26 June.

The whole week has been devoted to hearing, where the evidence in the case against Mr. Kohberger will be presented for the first time in court, and possibly when he will defend himself on the charges.

Investigators focused on the suspect with DNA evidence, cell phone data, the vehicle, and testimony from an eyewitness, according to a bomb probable cause statement released earlier this month.

The affidavit revealed for the first time that a knife sheath was left on the bed next to the bodies of Mogen and Goncalves at the crime scene.

The affidavit states that the DNA found on the sheath was matched to Mr Kohberger using DNA obtained from trash taken from his parents’ home and a genetic genealogy database.

According to the affidavit, cell phone data shows that Mr. Kohberger followed the student’s home at least 12 times until the night of the murders. The exact dates and times of these events were not disclosed in the affidavit, but all but the first took place late in the evening or early in the morning.

At the time of the murders, investigators believe Mr. Kohberger turned off his cell phone to avoid detection.

However, his cell phone data shows he was close to his home on King Road at around 9:00 am on November 13;

One of the victims’ surviving roommates was able to partially describe the murderer to investigators after confronting him at home. Authorities claim his recipe matches Mr. Kohberger’s.

He was also watched through his white Hyundai Elantra, after investigators said a vehicle matching this description was seen on security cameras at the crime scene at the time of the murders and was traveling to and from his apartment in Moscow. Again.

The motive for the murders is unknown and with no known connection between the four students and the suspect, it remains unclear why Mr. Kohberger targeted the victims. The murder weapon – a fixed blade knife – has also not yet been found.

Mr. Kohberger had just completed his first term as a PhD student in criminal justice at Washington State University at the time of his arrest on December 30.

For years, before moving to the Washington-Idaho border, he had developed a keen interest in criminals and the criminal mind by studying criminology at DeSales University in his hometown of Pennsylvania – first as an undergraduate and then finishing his graduate studies in June 2022. The town of Pullman to begin his PhD.

While at DeSales, she worked with a leading expert on renowned forensic psychologist and BTK killer Katherine Ramsland, and also led a research project to “understand how emotions and psychological traits affect decision making when committing a crime.”

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