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Gary Heidnik Lawyer Slams Bryan Kohberger Defense: ‘No Strategy’

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Peruto said Kohberger's defense is undermining their own case by being too hasty in claiming that their client is unconnected to the heinous crimes.

In a recent conversation with CrimeSpace, A. Charles Peruto, the Philadelphia-based attorney renowned for representing the notorious serial killer Gary Heidnik in the 1980s, voiced his criticism towards the defense team of Bryan Kohberger.

He asserted that they are undermining their own case by being too hasty in claiming that their client is unconnected to the heinous crimes due to a ‘lack of DNA evidence,’ Your Content has learned.

“These must be very young lawyers,” Peruto told CrimeSpace. “DNA evidence is slow.”

He expressed concern that the defense team’s approach could be adversely affecting the jury pool. “The lawyers are polluting what may have been good jurors,” Peruto said.

“It’s time to ‘wait-n-see’ for all discovery. The defense is totally without strategy.”

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Gary Heidnik Lawyer Slams Bryan Kohberger Defense 'No Strategy'
Gary Heidnik, right, is escorted from a holding cell in Philadelphia after a jury convicted him of first degree murder, kidnapping and rape in the slaying of two women and imprisonment of four others in his basement torture chamber, July 2, 1988. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

A. Charles Peruto is no stranger to high-profile criminal cases, having defended Gary Michael Heidnik, who was convicted for the kidnapping, torture, rape, and murder of women in Philadelphia between November 1986 and March 1987. Heidnik gained infamy for holding his victims in a pit in his basement, where he subjected them to unimaginable horrors.

Peruto’s criticism came in the wake of Kohberger’s defense attorneys arguing that there is no link between their client and the victims. Bryan Kohberger is accused of fatally stabbing four Idaho students. His attorney, Jay Weston Logsdon, has raised doubts about the authorities’ use of investigative genetic genealogy to implicate Kohberger.

As reported by NBC News, Logsdon characterized investigative genetic genealogy as a “bizarrely complex DNA tree experiment” and highlighted the absence of DNA evidence from the victims in Kohberger’s apartment, office, home, or vehicle. He called into question the investigation’s approach, expressing concerns that it seemed more akin to a preconceived lineup rather than a thorough and systematic process.

Additionally, Logsdon revealed that DNA from another individual was found on a glove near the crime scene and that DNA from two other men was discovered inside the house. However, the defense team does not have information on the tests performed on these samples. The attorney also alluded to the investigation involving multiple potential suspects and questioned how Kohberger’s car, a white Hyundai Elantra, was singled out.

“The investigation has provided precious little,” Logsdon commented, drawing attention to the absence of clear information explaining why the police initially targeted Kohberger.

As Your Content readers know, on November 13, 2022, four students from the University of Idaho lost their lives in a violent stabbing event that took place in an off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho. Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was later apprehended in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, charged with first-degree murder and felony burglary.

Ethan Chapin, Victim of Suspected Idaho Killer Bryan Kohberger

The murder scene was a three-story rental house occupied by several students in the quiet college town of Moscow, which hadn’t experienced a murder since 2015. The victims – Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, and Ethan Chapin – were all inhabitants or guests of the house at the time of the incident.

In the early hours of the attack, Chapin and Kernodle returned home after attending a campus party, while Mogen and Goncalves returned after visiting a downtown sports bar. Multiple calls were made from the house between 2:26 am and 2:52 am, and a DoorDash order was delivered around 4 am.

Kaylee Goncalves, Victim of Suspected Idaho Killer Bryan Kohberger

Two roommates survived the attack. Both were present in the house but were not disturbed. One of the survivors heard what she thought was a conversation and then a man’s voice comforting someone. She later spotted an unknown figure in black attire, a mask obscuring his face, leaving the house. The victims were discovered in their beds on the upper floors, with no sign of restraints or gags, but evidence of a violent struggle.

It wasn’t until nearly noon that authorities were alerted via a 911 call, as the survivors and friends initially believed one of the victims was simply unconscious. There was no evidence of forced entry or theft, and all four victims were pronounced deceased by noon.

Xana Kernodle, Victim of Suspected Idaho Killer Bryan Kohberger

Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen were students at the University of Idaho, their tragic deaths leaving a significant impact on the community. A total of around 130 members from local law enforcement began working on the case.

After the autopsies were conducted, it was determined that all victims were fatally stabbed multiple times in the chest and upper body. Defensive wounds suggested that at least one victim tried to fight off the attacker.

Madison Mogen, Victim of Suspected Idaho Killer Bryan Kohberger

The investigation involved poring over thousands of tips from the public and examining footage that revealed the movements of a Hyundai Elantra near the crime scene around the time of the killings. This vehicle was later linked to Bryan Kohberger.

Upon further investigation, DNA found on a knife sheath at the crime scene didn’t match any of the victims but was traced back to Kohberger via a public genealogy database. Surveillance of Kohberger at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania further escalated suspicions, leading to his arrest. At the time of his arrest, Kohberger was found in the kitchen, clad in a shirt, shorts, and examination gloves, organizing trash into separate zip-lock bags.

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