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Suspect in murders of four Idaho students back in court Thursday morning

Attorneys for Bryan Kohberger and the state will discuss next steps in the case during a status hearing in Moscow.

MOSCOW, Idaho — Update: At Thursday's hearing, the preliminary hearing for Bryan Kohberger was set for 9 a.m. PST on June 26. He waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing, and remains in jail with no bail. Details are in the story linked here. Previous story, from before the status hearing, is below.

The second Idaho court hearing for the man suspected of murdering four University of Idaho students is coming up at 8 a.m. PST/9 a.m. MST Thursday.

Bryan C. Kohberger, 28, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in connection to the killings of Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, Madison "Maddie" Mogen and Xana Kernodle, who were found dead Nov. 13, 2022, in a home on King Street in Moscow.

Thursday morning's court appearance is a preliminary status hearing. Attorneys with the Latah County Prosecutor's Office and for Kohberger, who is represented by a public defender, will meet with Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall in a Latah County courtroom. Status hearings typically address matters related to the next steps in a case, such as scheduling for future hearings. No evidence or witnesses will be presented.

Kohberger's initial court appearance, an arraignment in magistrate court, took place Thursday, Jan. 5, the day after he was flown to Idaho from Pennsylvania, where Kohberger was arrested in late December on a warrant related to the murders of the four students. In that hearing, the judge denied bail and ordered him to remain in jail as the case proceeds.

Nate Poppino, from the State of Idaho Judicial Branch, said in an email to media that Kohberger's status hearing is "expected to be short and primarily focused on scheduling."

Kohberger is not yet expected to enter a plea. That would take place after evidence and witness testimony are presented in a grand jury proceeding or a preliminary hearing, in which the magistrate judge will determine if the evidence is sufficient for Kohberger to be bound over to district court for arraignment and possible trial. He also will have the option of waiving the preliminary hearing, and the case would proceed to district court.

Prosecutors have not yet indicated if they intend to seek the death penalty. If they do, they must file notice within 60 days after Kohberger enters a plea.

More detailed information about proceedings in Idaho criminal cases can be found in Idaho Criminal Rules.

The court is prohibiting live broadcast or streaming of Thursday's status hearing. KTVB will have an update following the hearing.

Video (Nov. 30, 2022): University of Idaho vigil for the students who were killed.

See KTVB's continuing online coverage of this story in our special section: Moscow murders

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