Idaho Murders Suspect Claims He Was Driving Alone on Night of Killings

Kohberger’s alibi defense

Bryan Kohberger, the doctoral candidate accused of killing four University of Idaho students last fall, says he was not in the home where the homicides occurred and was driving around alone that night, according to a new court filing. His attorneys say they will be using an alibi defense, but do not have one specific location for where he was, they said in a court document filed Wednesday.

Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder in the November 13 deaths of 21-year-olds Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen; and 20-year-olds Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, who were fatally stabbed in an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho. A not guilty plea has been entered on his behalf, and his trial is set for October.


“Mr. Kohberger has long had a habit of going for drives alone,” his attorneys’ Wednesday filing reads. “Often he would go for drives at night. He did so late on November 12 and into November 13, 2022. Mr. Kohberger is not claiming to be at a specific location at a specific time; at this time there is not a specific witness to say precisely where Mr. Kohberger was at each moment of the hours between late night November 12, 2022 and early morning November 13, 2022. He was out, driving during the late night and early morning hours of November 12-13, 2022.”

Prosecutors demand more details

The defense attorneys for Kohberger made the statements in an objection to prosecutors’ motion last week to compel Kohberger to share the exact location of his alibi and the names of witnesses who could testify to his location. Prosecutors want the times of his whereabouts, address and the details of anyone who can corroborate this alibi, according to the report. If his defense team fails to do this, they may forfeit the right to use an alibi in his defense during the trial, according to the report.

The attorneys say they recognize the use of an alibi requires a specific location, but that “Kohberger has complied to the extent possible at this time,” their objection says. “Corroborating evidence may come from cross examination of state’s witnesses. Corroborating evidence may come from presentation of defense experts. Mr. Kohberger is aware of and will comply with his continuing duty to disclose information,” the objection says.

His attorneys asked in the filing for the court to exempt Kohberger from further inquiry, and said he is “prepared to provide further detail in an ex parté hearing with the court.”

Other motions filed by defense

This week, Kohberger’s defense team has also filed a motion to dismiss and requested the charges against the suspect be dropped entirely, or remanded for a preliminary hearing, according to court filings. The defense team has also filed a motion for a Stay of Proceedings, asking for a halt without waiving the right to a speedy trial.

The defense team had already received an extension on the initial request for an alibi on the grounds they had not had enough time to review the prosecution’s evidence. This new date was set for July 24, 2023. On Monday, Kohberger’s attorneys failed to submit an alibi to the Idaho county court before the deadline, according to filings.

Due to a wide-ranging gag order, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and attorneys for victims’ families and witnesses are prohibited from saying anything publicly, aside from what is already in the public record.

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