Idaho murders: Here's why Bryan Kohberger trial might be moved 300 miles away from Moscow
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Bryan Kohberger, a PhD candidate at Washington State University, was detained in December 2022 in connection with the murders of the University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, and Ethan Chapin. He was subsequently slapped with four counts of first-degree murder as well as felony burglary.
While Moscow, Idaho was presumed to be the venue for Kohberger's trial, new information suggests a motion for a change of venue may be submitted by either the prosecution or the defense. The closest options to Moscow are Lewiston, which is 30 miles away; Coeur d'Alene in Kootenai County, which is 85 miles away; and Boise, the state capital, which is 300 miles away, as reported by DailyMail.
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What could necessitate a change of venue?
The impact of pre-trial publicity on prospective jurors provides primary justification for a change of venue, as reported by Idaho statesman. As per the news outlet, attorney Lindsey Blake said the judge has the discretion to adjourn the trial and that this usually happens at the request of the defense rather than the prosecution. Bill Thompson, the prosecuting attorney for Latah County, told the Statesman that he thought Moscow could produce an impartial jury.
Nationwide attention on the case
The case has grabbed headlines across the US despite the broad gag order issued by Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall, prohibiting lawyers, law enforcement officials, and other parties involved in the case from speaking or writing about it.
Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was detained without bail following his arrest at a residence in Chestnuthill Township, Pennsylvania, and later extradited to Idaho, where he was charged. Earlier, Jason LaBar, his public defender, claimed his client was eager to be cleared of all charges, as reported by TMZ.
Kohberger made an appearance in court in Idaho on January 12. The date of his preliminary hearing is June 26. He waived his right to a prompt preliminary hearing, as MEAWW previously reported, but his defense team requested more time from the court to prepare for the case.