Bryan Kohberger’s Lawyer Is Calling for Backup

  • Bryan Kohberger is charged with the murder of four University of Idaho students, but is yet to enter a plea.
  • Judge Megan Marshall granted a motion requesting the addition of a second death-qualified attorney to Kohberger’s defense team.
  • Prosecutors haven’t yet said whether they will seek the death penalty, but legal experts believe it is likely they will.

Bryan Kohberger, the man charged in the slayings of four University of Idaho students, will have another death penalty-qualified attorney added to his defense team.

Kohberger’s attorney Anne Taylor, the chief of the Kootenai County Public Defender’s Office, filed a motion on March 2 to appoint a co-counsel qualified to act in cases involving the death penalty. Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall granted that motion on Tuesday.

Kohberger, 28, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary in the deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. All four were found stabbed to death in a rental home near the university’s campus in Moscow on November 13, 2022.

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Bryan Kohberger, left, sits with his attorney, public defender Anne Taylor, right, during a hearing in Latah County District Court on January 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho.
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At the time, Kohberger was a graduate student in criminology at Washington State University in nearby Pullman. He is yet to enter a plea to the charges, but a previous lawyer said he was “eager to be exonerated.” Kohberger’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin on June 26.

Prosecutors have not yet said if they will seek the death penalty, but experts told Newsweek they most certainly will.

The “appointment of a death penalty qualified co-counsel in the Kohberger case is a clear sign that the defense considers it a high

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