Bryan Kohberger: Prosecuting Attorney calls special assistant prosecutors to help secure conviction
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Special assistant prosecutors from the state attorney general's office have been brought in to help secure a conviction in the case of Bryan Kohberger, a criminology student accused of committing gruesome quadruple murders. Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson, who is handling the case, requested special assistance after the defense attorney indicated that one of the surviving roommates reportedly had "exculpatory information." The case has garnered significant attention and is being closely followed by the community.
Kohberger is facing four charges of first-degree murder for allegedly killing Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, as well as Kernodle's boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, in an off-campus University of Idaho home. The murders are said to have occurred on November 13, 2022, at around 4 am.
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Jeff Nye and Ingrid Batey
Jeff Nye, Chief of the State's Criminal Law Division, who has experience in handling murder cases, and Ingrid Batey, the State's Lead Deputy Attorney General for special prosecutions, will be assisting Thompson's office with the prosecution of Bryan Kohberger.
The announcement of Jeff Nye and Ingrid Batey joining the prosecution team comes as Bryan Kohberger's defense team prepares to challenge the evidence presented against him during a preliminary hearing in June. The defense team recently claimed that one of the surviving roommates has exculpatory evidence. According to court documents cited by Fox News, Bill Thompson requested "expertise and additional resources" from the state attorney general's office, and the request was granted by the district judge on the same day.
Ingrid Batey, who will assist the prosecutor's office in securing convictions, attended the same school where all four victims were killed, while Jeff Nye has been an adjunct professor there since 2021. "It is not really that surprising," Boise-based defense attorney Edwina Elcox told Fox News. "It’s likely the magnitude of the case."
Kohberger's defense claims one surviving roommate has 'exculpatory information'
Investigators were able to track Bryan Kohberger after finding DNA on the button of a knife sheath left at the crime scene. According to court documents, Kohberger's white Hyundai Elantra was seen on surveillance cameras roaming around the doomed Kings Road residence house in Idaho when the crime occurred. Kohberger, who was studying for a PhD in Criminology at the neighboring Pullman, Washington University, was arrested on December 30 at his parent's house in Pennsylvania.
Two women in the house survived the ordeal – one on the second floor, Dylan Mortensen, who told police she saw a masked man with "bushy eyebrows" leaving through the rear sliding door after overhearing a scuffle, and another on the first floor who Kohberger's defense claims have "exculpatory information," according to the report.