Idaho Murders Update: The prosecutor in charge of the murder case against student stabbing suspect Bryan Kohberger filed additional documents in Latah County Magistrate Court on Wednesday.
Instead of being withdrawn from Idaho’s online portal due to unexplained security concerns, court material in the case is updated daily in a PDF document posted to the state’s website.
According to the file, the court got a fresh affidavit and a court letter from Latah’s Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson on Wednesday.
The public still needs access to the files. The court has three days to produce non-exempt materials upon request under Idaho Court Administrative Rule 32, which controls court records.
On Fridays, the court also uploads papers to its website.
The new filings come just days after an attorney for one of the victims’ families filed an appeal against the court’s gag order, which has stifled public comment on the case from the prosecution, defence, investigators, and other officials and was amended last month to include attorneys for victims, witnesses, and their families.
In a court filing last week, Shanon Gray, the attorney for Kaylee Goncalves’ parents, termed the nondissemination order “facially overbroad and imprecise” and unlawful.
“As an attorney for one of the Victim’s families, I am permitted to transmit to the media any of those family members’ comments, beliefs, or remarks regarding any aspect of the case (as they are permitted to talk about the case under the First Amendment),” he wrote.
Kohberger is accused of murdering Goncalves and three University of Idaho students in the early hours of Nov. 13, 2022, by ambushing them with a knife as several of them slept in a six-bedroom residence on King Road, only steps away from school.
Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, all 20 years old, and Madison Mogen, 21, were the additional casualties.
Two other roommates were not assaulted, including one who told police she saw a masked invader with “bushy eyebrows” exiting via the back door.
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According to a probable cause affidavit that revealed most of the publicly known data about the inquiry, Kohberger had shadowed the residence at least a dozen times previously. Then, hours after the deaths, he reportedly returned to the scene before driving to the Lewis Clark Valley.
Kohberger is being jailed without bond on four charges of first-degree murder and one count of criminal burglary. The date of his preliminary hearing is set on June 26.