Bryan Kohberger’s attorneys asked in court in Idaho on Tuesday for access to the investigation records used by law enforcement to support Kohberger’s detention on suspicion of killing four University of Idaho students in November.
Kohberger’s lead public defender, Anne Taylor, asked the court presiding over the case for three pieces of information that she claimed the prosecution had suppressed but could be crucial to the defense’s case.
Taylor informed Judge John, Judge of Idaho’s 2nd Judicial District Court in Latah County, that the defense still does not have the requested papers after the necessary discovery procedure.
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She is still looking for records relating to Kohberger’s cellphone location information, the conclusions reached by a forensic analyst regarding the make and type of the suspect’s car and the training regimens of the three Idaho State Police officers involved in the investigation.
The prosecution said the defense had not yet provided adequate rationale for releasing the data, and their request was “just speculation.”
“This is not a fishing trip. For Kohberger’s defense, that is essential,” Taylor added. “We’ve reached a deadlock. That is the reason we are in court today.
The trial for Kohberger will continue to begin on October 2 in Latah County.
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A grand jury filed an indictment against the 28-year-old man last month. Four accusations of first-degree murder and one count of criminal burglary are being brought against Kohberger, a graduate student at Washington State University in Pullman.
The four victims were Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho.
Kohberger refused to enter a plea to the allegations presented against him at his arraignment on May 22. In a court document, his public defender stated earlier this month that he did so to maintain his right to contest the charge.
The prosecution declared on Monday that Kohberger will likely face the death penalty. If a jury finds him guilty of first-degree murder, Idaho’s death penalty law stipulates that there must be aggravating circumstances, which include the murder of many people.