Date Set for Murder Suspect’s Trial to Begin

( – Judge John Judge ordered during a June 27 hearing that the trial of former Ph.D. criminology student Bryan Kohberger, who was accused of killing four students from the University of Idaho, will start on June 2, 2025.

In the hearing, the 29-year-old man was wearing a suit and a tie and didn’t speak during the legal proceeding, which lasted 20 minutes. Kohberger’s legal team was formally instructed to prepare to address numerous scheduling issues, including setting a date and time for them to challenge pre-trial deadlines and the death penalty proposal against the former student.

On November 13, 2022, police reported a home invasion at 4 am where officers found the bodies of 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, 21-year-old Madison Morgen, and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin. Authorities revealed that each of the victims was brutally stabbed to death, in what many media outlets across the country labeled as a massacre.

Police said that Kohberger was a student at the Washington State University in the city of Pullman at the time of the massacre, which is located near the house where the four undergrad students were killed. Authorities eventually revealed that a Ka-Bar knife that was found under one of the victims’ bodies was the murder weapon and that it had Kohberger’s DNA on it. Court documents also showed that police tracked his Hyundai Elantra car on a route that was close to the crime scene.

Authorities said that some smartphone pings placed him near the house on the same day of the massacre. However, Kohberger’s legal team consistently claimed that the former student wasn’t near the crime scene as he was driving around to get to some mountain roads in the middle of the night, as he loved to watch the “moon and stars.”

The former criminology Ph.D. student is currently facing a count of felony burglary and four charges of first-degree murder. Reporters on social media revealed he could be sentenced to death if convicted.

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