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Mysterious illness delays Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger's hearing

NewsMysterious illness delays Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger's hearing

A pretrial hearing for Idaho quadruple murder suspect Bryan Kohberger that was scheduled for Friday has been delayed due to a reported mysterious illness.

In a court filing on Thursday, Kohberger’s lawyers requested to move the hearing from September 22 to October 26.

The hearing was reportedly postponed due to an unknown illness citing a spokesperson for the Idaho courts system, the Idaho Statesman reported.

A Latah County District Court supervisor did not provide any further information on the illness or specifically name the person who became ill, according to the newspaper.

Thursday’s report comes amid ongoing battles between Kohberger’s attorneys and the Latah County Prosecutor’s office regarding the trial and grand jury indictment.

Kohberger was indicted by a grand jury earlier this year on charges including four counts of murder in the first-degree and one count of felony burglary.

The murder suspect, 28, has been accused of the November 2022 fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students: Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20, in an off-campus residence.

Kohberger’s legal team has tried to have the grand jury indictment thrown out over the last few months, claiming Kohberger’s innocence.

During his arraignment, the suspect stood silent when the charges against him were read, which resulted in the judge entering not guilty pleas on Kohberger’s behalf.

Last month, his lawyers motioned to have the indictment dismissed “on grounds of a biased grand jury, inadmissible evidence, lack of sufficient evidence, and prosecutorial misconduct by withholding exculpatory evidence.”

However, the grand jury indictment found a “statistical match” between Kohberger’s DNA taken in custody and DNA on a knife sheath found at the murder scene.

But his lawyers filed a motion in June saying there is “no connection between Mr. Kohberger and the victims.”

The filing read: “There is no explanation for the total lack of DNA evidence from the victims in Mr. Kohberger’s apartment, office, home, or vehicle.

“Through the lack of disclosure and their motion to protect the genetic genealogy investigation, the state is hiding its entire case.”

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson previously announced the state would seek the death penalty for Kohberger, but the quadruple murder suspect recently waived his right to a speedy trial and postponed the scheduled trial start date of October 2.

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