Judge denies motion to dismiss charges in Idaho murders, fails to set trial start date

TAMPA (WFLA) — On Friday, a judge denied a motion to dismiss charges against Bryan Kohberger, the suspect accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, but was unable to decide on a start date for the trial.

Second District Judge John Judge denied the motion by the defense during a publicly streamed hearing on his YouTube channel. This was the second such attempt to dismiss charges based on claims there was improper conduct during the grand jury proceedings.

Kohberger faces charges in the stabbing deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 22; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. The four were found dead inside an off-campus rental home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2022.

Kohberger was arrested more than a month later in Pennsylvania and was extradited to Idaho to face the charges.

FILE – Bryan Kohberger, left, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, looks toward his attorney, public defender Anne Taylor, right, during a hearing in Latah County District Court, Jan. 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. Law enforcement officials seized dark clothing, medical gloves, a flashlight and other items from a Pennsylvania home where they arrested Kohberger, a graduate student charged with stabbing four University of Idaho students to death, according to newly unsealed court documents. The records were made public Tuesday, Feb. 28. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool, File)

After denying the motion to dismiss, the discussion turned to a possible start date for the trial, with the prosecution wanting a start date in May of this year.

The defense argued it needed more time, saying a summer 2025 start would give them time to comb through discovery and be better prepared for the trial. The defense also suggested that if discovery goes well, they could be ready by March 2025.

“I’m not gonna just let it hang for too long,” said Judge Judge. “It’s really hard for me, right now, to set something in 2025. Even though that might be the reality.”

The defense also seemed to suggest possibly moving locations for the trial, seemingly in hopes of finding an unbiased jury. Prosecutors, on the other hand, want the trial to stay in Latah County arguing the case was so pervasion in the public eye that moving the trial would not matter.

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