OAN’s Abril Elfi
5:55 PM – Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Attorneys for murder suspect Bryan Kohberger have filed a motion to move the trial out of Latah County.
On Tuesday, Kohberger, the suspect in the murder of four University of Idaho students, and his attorneys filed a motion asking the court to move his trial to another location as a “fair and impartial jury cannot be found in Latah County.”
Anne Taylor, a public defender, says in the motion that “enlarging the jury pool will not do anything to overcome that pervasive prejudicial publicity because Latah County does not have a large enough population center to avoid the bias in the community.”
The motion also claims that the size of the county could be detrimental to the case because “the size of the community and the interconnectedness of its citizenry is problematic and will prevent a fair and impartial pool of potential jurors.”
Kohberger and Taylor are now asking the court to schedule a hearing to discuss the motion further and to give him the opportunity to argue in favor of changing the location of the trial.
Kohberger is currently awaiting trial on multiple counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary related to the deaths of the four students who were tragically murdered in the same home.
The victims were identified as Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.
A new trial date has not been set yet.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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