Prosecutors in Idaho Seek Deαth Penalty For Bryan Kohberger in Student M*rder Cases

Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of m*rdering four University of Idaho students in November, will face the deαth penalty, prosecutors have decided.

Kohberger, 28, has been charged with first-degree m*rder on four charges and burglary on one count. He is suspected of m*rdering Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington, Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.

“The State gives this notice based on the fact that it has not identified or been provided with any mitigating circumstances sufficient to prohibit the triers of fact from considering all penalties authorized by the Idaho legislature including the possibility of a capital sentence,” prosecutors wrote in a Monday court filing. “Consequently, considering all evidence currently known to the State, the State is compelled to file this notice of intent to seek the death penalty.”

Prosecutors in Idaho Seek Death Penalty For Bryan Kohberger in Student Murder Cases

According to the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office, officials maintain the authority to change or withdraw the case’s notice.

On December 30, Kohberger was captured at his parent’s house in Pennsylvania on a fugitive from justice warrant. He was transported to Idaho and formally charged on January 5.

At his May 22 appearance, a judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf after Kohberger did not answer in court when the judge asked how he pled.

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Kohberger was a Ph.D. criminology student and teaching assistant at Washington State University’s Pullman campus at the time of the ki!!ings, which is just approximately a 15-minute drive from the home where the four students were killed.

Authorities believe the victims were likely asleep when they were stabbed many times with a big, military-style knife.

Kohberger’s DNA matches the DNA recovered on a knife sheath at the scene of the m*rders.

Kristi Goncalves, Kaylee Goncalves’ mother, previously told “48 Hours” that she hoped at the end of the trial, Kohberger will “be put to deαth like an animal, like he is.”

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