BRYAN Kohberger appeared in court for an arraignment hearing on Monday, May 22, 2023.
The 28-year-old has plead not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.
What does Bryan Kohberger’s ‘standing silent’ plea mean?
As reported by ABC News, Kohberger decided to “stand silent” during his arraignment hearing in Latah County District Court in Moscow, Idaho, on Monday, May 22, 2023.
The publication also reported that his attorney said his client was “standing silent” when Kohberger did not answer the judge when asked for his plea.
Since Kohberger did not respond, the judge then entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
As stated by KREM2: “Remaining silent does not mean that a suspect is admitting guilt to the crimes they are accused of committing.
“Rather, it simply means the judge will enter a not guilty plea to the charge or charges the suspect is facing.”
Why was Bryan Kohberger charged?
Kohberger was charged with the murders of University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
The four young adults were stabbed to death in their off-campus home on November 13, 2022.
As ABC News reported, Kohberger was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of first-degree murder and one count burglary on May 17, 2023, as per court documents.
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On December 30, 2022, he was arrested at his parents’ home in Monroe County, Pennsylvania following a six-week search by police.
He was then extradited to Idaho in January.
As ABC News also reported, prosecutors have gathered evidence against Kohberger since the November crimes.
According to court documents, the Washington State University student’s car —a white Hyundai Elantra — allegedly drove by the victims’ King Road residence at least 12 times prior to the murders.
Authorities revealed that the suspected killer’s cellphone had been on the way to Moscow on the day of the murders but had been shut off between the hours of 2:47 to 4:48 am, “a timeframe during which the murders were committed.”
Police also shared that Kohberger’s DNA was identified on a knife sheath left on one of the victim’s beds.
When is Bryan Kohberger due back in court?
As ABC News reported, Kohberger’s trial is set to begin on October 2, 2023.
The prosecution has two months to “file notice” if they choose to seek the death penalty.
According to the outlet, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, who represented the accused killer in the January extradition hearing, said in a January statement that Kohberger “is eager to be exonerated of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as promptly as possible.”
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