According to sources close to Bryan Kohberger‘s prosecution, his attorney met with the judge privately and was cleared of any conflict-of-interest problems.
According to court documents, Anne Taylor, the chief of the Kootenai County Public Defender’s Office, previously defended three family members of two of Kohberger’s alleged victims before taking his case.
Cara Northington, the mother of Xana Kernodle, was charged with drug possession on Nov. 19, six days after her daughter and three others were discovered dead inside an off-campus rental property. Kernodle, Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, and Ethan Chapin were all stabbed to death early on November 13.
Taylor withdrew from Northington’s case on January 5, the same day Kohberger appeared in court for the first time in Moscow.
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Taylor’s office has represented Northington in four instances since taking over the public defender’s office in 2017, according to the Idaho Statesman.
“I’m devastated because I trusted her… (Taylor) seemed to want to assist me… “And then to find out she’s representing him (Kohberger), I can’t even express how betrayed I feel,” Northington said on NewsNation’s “Banfield” in January.
Taylor should not have been permitted to represent Kohberger without a waiver signed by the parents who were previously represented by her, according to attorney Mark Geragos.