Kohberger Hearings Set for This Week Vacated, Moved to Later Date


MOSCOW, ID – Two hearings scheduled this week in the quadruple-murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022 have been postponed until later this month. Bryan Kohberger is charged with First-Degree Murder in the stabbing deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. They were found dead in an off-campus home on November 13, 2022. Kohberger has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A court order signed by Latah County Second District Court Judge John Judge says the two hearings, set for today and Thursday, have been vacated to allow both parties additional time to prepare. Hearings are now scheduled to take place on May 23rd and May 30th to allow witness testimony and arguments on Kohberger’s 4th and 5th motions to compel. The defense has accused state prosecutors of withholding evidence.

“Per the order, these hearings will be open to the public but may be closed if issues arise that must be addressed in a sealed proceeding,” the ruling says.

The hearing originally scheduled for this Thursday on motions regarding investigative genetic genealogy materials will also be held on May 30th. It will remain closed. The IGG records were used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify Kohberger prior to his arrest in his home state of Pennsylvania in late December 2022.

Meanwhile, a hearing on the motion for a change of venue remains scheduled for June 27th. This hearing will be open to the public.

Any open hearings will continue to be livestreamed using Judge Judge’s YouTube channel.

Kohberger remains in the Latah County Jail.