Will cameras be allowed in court during Bryan Kohberger's hearing? Here's how to watch proceedings
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Bryan Kohberger will be in court once again on Thursday, January 12, at 8am local time and 11am ET. The 28-year-old is currently being held on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary at Latah County Jail. In the early hours of November 13, 2022, Kohberger, a PhD student at Washington State University, allegedly stabbed University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, killing them.
Before the hearing, News Nation reported that even though video recordings were allowed in the courtroom, live streaming was not allowed this time. After being detained 2,500 miles away from the scene of the crime at his parents' house, Kohberger was extradited from Pennsylvania to Idaho last week. The case's affidavit, which was made public during the last hearing, provided detailed information on how investigators were able to link Kohberger to the grisly murders and locate him, even though no clear motive for the killings has been established yet.
Meanwhile, the hearing on January 12 is reportedly a status conference, which typically focuses on setting up upcoming court dates, according to the news outlet. Kohberger might be given the choice to waive his right to a speedy trial, which would give him additional time to formulate a defense, or he might consent to forego a preliminary hearing. Prosecutor Bill Thompson will have to prove to Judge Megan Marshall that there was sufficient evidence to believe a crime had been committed and that the defendant committed it.
Bryan Kohberger hearing set to start here at 8am local time / 11am eastern time.— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) January 12, 2023
Video recording is allowed in the courtroom — but we are not allowed to live stream it, so we will have the recording for you on @NewsNation right after the hearing. pic.twitter.com/rDIvPLcfD9
The judge will then send the matter to Idaho's 2nd District Court if she is convinced. Following that, Kohberger will show up for his trial before a district court. He will then have the opportunity to enter a plea. The case will go to trial if Kohberger enters a not-guilty plea. On the other hand, a sentencing hearing will be scheduled if he enters a guilty plea. In Kohberger's case, Thompson has not yet revealed whether he will ask for the death penalty. If he chooses to do so, he must notify the court in writing no later than 60 days following Kohberger's plea.
It is a status hearing and we are told it will be short and mainly focused on scheduling.— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) January 12, 2023
Kohberger's public defender in Pennsylvania, Jason LaBar, reportedly stated that the PhD student was "eager to be exonerated." Earlier, Judge Megan Marshall issued a gag order barring anybody engaged in the case from saying anything "reasonably likely to interfere with a fair trial."