Bryan Kohberger returned to court today for a crucial hearing where his team fought to have all charges against him dropped and for him.
Judge John Judge denied his motion to dismiss the grand jury indictment but first made an unexpected decision to allow cameras in the courtroom.
The 28-year-old criminology PhD student is currently awaiting trial for the murders of University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
Mr Kohberger’s attorneys filed the motion earlier this year to dismiss the indictment, citing a biased grand jury, inadmissible evidence and prosecutorial misconduct. The hearings at Latah County Courthouse were initially set for September but were ultimately pushed back to 26 October.
Mr Kohberger’s counsel tried to argue “errors in grand jury instructions,” but the judge said it is the same instruction given to grand juries for 100 years.
Mr Kohberger was linked to the quadruple murders that rocked the town of Moscow through DNA evidence, cellphone data, an eyewitness account and his white Hyundai Elantra.
His attorneys have previously tried to argue that the DNA may have been planted and that the state has not handed all the evidence for the defence to review.
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Cameras will be allowed in courtroom, Kohberger judge rules
22:27 , Andrea Cavallier
Judge Judge made an unexpected decision at Thursday’s hearing, announcing that he will not ban cameras in the courtroom for the Bryan Kohberger case.
He said cameras will stay in the courtroom though he will “take more control” of them.
Judge denies Kohberger defence motion to throw out grand jury indictment
22:22 , Andrea Cavallier
Judge John Judge has denied the defence team’s motion throw out the grand jury indictment against Kohberger.
Court has adjourned for the day.
Prosecution says case should not be thrown out, ‘there’s nothing to see here’
22:13 , Andrea Cavallier
The prosecution is now arguing why the grand jury indictment against Kohberger should not be thrown out.
“There is nothing to see here. The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled on this issue.”
His argument lasted less than two minutes.
Defence argues grand jury was given the wrong instructions
22:06 , Andrea Cavallier
Kohberger’s defence is arguing the grand jury was given the wrong instructions – but Judge John Judge says it is the same instruction given to grand juries for 100 years.
Attorney Jay Logsdon is trying to pick apart the precedent on what grand juries need for an indictment and that the standard of proof should include more than just probable cause, KXLY reporter Jordan Smith tweeted from the courtroom.
Mr Logsdon believes the standard for an indictment should be elevated to “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Defence makes argument to throw out grand jury indictment against Kohberger
21:47 , Andrea Cavallier
The Idaho murders suspect’s defence team is now arguing why the grand jury indictment against him should be thrown out.
Bryan Kohberger’s attorneys filed a motion earlier this year to dismiss the indictment, citing a biased grand jury, inadmissible evidence and prosecutorial misconduct.
The hearings at Latah County Courthouse were initially set for September but were ultimately pushed back to 26 October.
Kohberger hearing is underway after delayed start
21:44 , Andrea Cavallier
Bryan Kohberger and his defence team are in the courtroom for the second hearing of the day,
The first one was closed to the public.
Cell phones and laptops are allowed in the courtroom, but no recording is permitted.
There is a camera in the courtroom, but will not be public to view until after the hearing has concluded.
Family of victim Kaylee Goncalves have been ‘waiting for this day’
21:30 , Andrea Cavallier
The family of Kaylee Goncalves, who was one of the victims of the Idaho murders, posted on the family Facebook today just hours ahead of suspect Bryan Kohberger’s court hearing.
“Court today! Please pray that things are decided in our favor. I can barely breathe. We have been waiting for this day since Sept 20th.”
Will Bryan Kohberger’s hearing be livestreamed?
21:15 , Andrea Cavallier
There will be a camera in the courtroom for Kohberger’s hearing on Thursday, but it will not be public to view until after the hearing has concluded.
A line of people, including the victims’ families, members of the community and the media, has formed at the Latah County courthouse.
The hearing was supposed to start at 1pm PT/4pm ET, but appears to be delayed.
Public hearing to start any minute
21:05 , Andrea Cavallier
The Idaho murders suspect is set to appear at a Latah County courthouse for a hearing where his defence team will argue a motion to drop the charges against him.
Longest line to get into the Latah County Courthouse for a hearing in the #MoscowMurders case I’ve seen in quite some time.
Today’s hearing: defendant Bryan Kohberger’s defense team filing a motion to dismiss his grand jury indictment.
— Guy Tannenbaum (@guytannenbaum) October 26, 2023
Who is Bryan Kohberger? The criminology graduate charged with the Idaho college murders
20:30 , Andrea Blanco
Mr Kohberger, then a PhD criminology student at Washington State University, was accused of stabbing to death Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in an off-campus student rental home in Moscow, Idaho, on 13 November.
The victims’ loved ones and those following developments in the quadruple murder case went from weeks of near-silence from law enforcement to the bombshell news of the accused killer’s arrest six weeks later.
Since then, people from Mr Kohberger’s past – though shocked – have built a picture of a bullied loner who overcame addiction. Meanwhile, fellow students from his time just over the Idaho border into Washington describe a criminology zealot who “creeped people out”.
With the 28-year-old now facing the death penalty in the case, The Independent asks: Who really is Bryan Kohberger?
Why was the 9am hearing closed to the public?
19:55 , Andrea Blanco
During Bryan Kohberger’s hearing this morning, details about the secret grand jury process were discussed by the prosecution and the defence.
Mr Kohberger has argued that the grand jury received improper instructions and that the evidence they are expected to review in the case is “insufficient” and/or “inadmissible.”
Members of the press will have access to the hearing scheduled for 4pm, but the procedures will not be livestreamed. Video of the hearing will be made available once the hearing is finalised.
Legal expert says that defence’s move is routine
17:56 , Andrea Blanco
David Gelman, a former Philadelphia-area prosecutor who is not involved in the Idaho murders legal case, told FOX News Digital that the defence’s attempt to have the charges against Mr Kohberger dropped is not uncommon.
“The motion to dismiss is a move that every defence attorney makes prior to trial,” Mr Gelman said. “If an attorney doesn’t make this motion, regardless if it has merit or not, they are pretty much committing malpra=
ICYMI: Everything you need to know about the Idaho murders
17:02 , Andrea Blanco
It’s been nearly a year since the quadruple murders rocked a quiet Idaho university town.
Since then, a suspect has been arrested and a lengthy legal battle by his defence to have his charges dropped has ensued.
As the sole suspect in the brutal murders is set to appear in court on Thursday, here’s everything you need to know about the case:
Hearing set to begin shortly
16:24 , Andrea Blanco
The first hearing scheduled for today is set to begin shortly.
Mr Kohberger’s defence is arguing that the grand jury was not given proper instructions and that the evidence they are to review is insufficient.
Bryan Kohberger to appear in court today
15:17 , Andrea Blanco
Welcome to The Independent’s liveblog on Bryan Kohberger’s court hearing today.
The court appearances at Latah County Courthouse were initially scheduled for September but were ultimately pushed back to 26 October.
The defence will seek to argue their claims of prosecutorial misconduct, insufficient evidence and a biased grand jury.
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