Bryan Kohberger, the prime suspect in the tragic murders of four University of Idaho students, has filed a motion seeking additional time to provide his alibi, Your Content has learned.
Kohberger’s legal team has cited the overwhelming volume of evidence handed over by the prosecution as the reason for their request.
In the recently submitted motion, Kohberger’s attorney emphasized the need for more time to thoroughly examine the extensive 51 terabytes of information provided by the prosecution.
They asserted that failing to allow sufficient time for reviewing the evidence could risk unintentional disclosure of protected information.
For the past six months, Kohberger has been held in custody while his public defender, Anne Taylor, received a staggering amount of evidence from the prosecution.
The evidence includes thousands of pages of discovery, numerous photographs, and a significant volume of electronic phone records.
In response to the disclosure of evidence, the prosecution has requested that Kohberger comply with Idaho Code (I.C.) 19-519(5) by submitting his alibi.
This statute stipulates that the defense must provide a written intent to submit a defense or alibi within ten days of the prosecution’s demand.
However, the defense has argued that they require additional time to navigate the extensive evidence, investigate the charges, and consider the applicable evidentiary rules.
The defense’s motion highlights that fulfilling the requirements of I.C. 19-519 at this stage would be premature, given the ongoing review of the evidence.
Furthermore, they contend that rushing the process may inadvertently lead to the disclosure of protected information.
In the event that the court denies the extension, Kohberger’s attorneys intend to request a hearing to present oral arguments.
Bryan Kohberger was taken into custody on December 30, 2022, at his parents’ residence in Pennsylvania.
He faces charges for the murders of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen, whose bodies were discovered in an off-campus home on November 13, 2022.
Since his arrest, Kohberger has been indicted by a grand jury on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.
At his arraignment, Kohberger remained silent, prompting the judge to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.
He is currently awaiting trial in the Latah County Jail, with proceedings scheduled to commence on October 2, 2023, according KREM.