Legal experts warn the case against Idaho suspect Bryan Kohberger is not “open and closed.”
Legal experts have warned the case against suspected Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger is not a ‘slam dunk’ – even though authorities discovered his DNA at the scene.
Kohberger, 28, was arrested on December 30 after weeks of meticulous investigations by Moscow, Idaho police and the FBI.
His DNA was discovered on the knob of a knife sheath left at the scene next to the bodies of Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogan.
Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani believes Kohberger’s defense attorneys will not put forward an insanity defense because of his history as a “scholar.”
Kohberger, 28, was arrested December 30 after weeks of thorough investigations by Moscow, Idaho police and the FBI
Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani said the case against Kohberger was not a “slam dunk”.
The trial attorney said, “The murder case against Bryan Kohberger is not a bull’s eye. Rather than presenting an insanity defense, Kohberger’s attorney will most likely argue that he didn’t do it.
“He was accomplished enough as a scholar to get a PhD. Student and he showed no signs of mental illness prior to the stabbings, so there would be little justification for his defense to argue that he was unfit to stand trial.
“Authorities have Kohberger’s DNA on the knife sheath, but DNA evidence can be transferred from one person to another on an item, so evidence of a conviction is not open and closed.
“Prosecutors don’t have the murder weapon, they have a fairly vague description of the suspect from an eyewitness, and they lack a definite motive.
“If I were the prosecutor, I would certainly want much more than the evidence that has come out so far, especially when prosecutors are going to be pursuing the death penalty.”
It comes after the family of one victim, Kaylee Goncalves, said they would support the death penalty in the case against Kohberger.
Former Los Angeles County prosecutor Joshua Ritter believes the DNA and other corroborating evidence is a “very strong argument” against the alleged killer
Cops describe his every move on the day of the murders, aided by surveillance footage of his car and cellular data from his phone. Kohberger is said to have staked out the property 12 times before the murders
Police believe Kohberger deliberately attempted to conceal his whereabouts during the killings
Her father, Steve, said his vision of “justice” wasn’t about “being in a jail cell,” and her mother added that she “wish Kaylee and Maddie would serve a life sentence” because it would mean that you could talk to them.
Rahmani added: “Prosecutors will continue to build the case, so I don’t think they will take the death penalty off the table.
“It will be difficult for Kohberger’s defense to reach a workable agreement with prosecutors, so this case will most likely go to trial.”
Former Los Angeles County prosecutor Joshua Ritter, who is a partner at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, believes the DNA and other corroborating evidence is a “very strong argument” against the alleged killer.
He said: “I can’t imagine this being a case where prosecutors aren’t seriously considering the death penalty.
“In this scenario, Kohberger would only accept a plea deal if prosecutors took the death penalty off the table. But it’s a little early to talk about pleadings at this point.
Kohberger even returned to the scene of the crime at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13 — just hours after he allegedly committed the quadruple murders. Pictured – Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen
Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger smiles at his attorney in court after being denied bail. Kohberger will return to court on January 12
“This is one of those turning points where four young, good looking, totally innocent victims were horribly stabbed to death in a small community.
“If this had taken place in a huge metropolis like Los Angeles or New York it would still have attracted attention, but the fact that this took place in a small community seems to have added to the intrigue surrounding the murders.”
Kohberger had previously insisted that he be “exonerated” to his Pennsylvania attorney.
It comes as law enforcement sources say the suspected killer has been spotted several times at his parents’ home disposing of rubbish while wearing surgical gloves.
Officers were tasked with tracking down Kohberger so they could arrest him once a warrant was issued, and attempted to obtain an object to compare the DNA to a sample found at the crime scene.
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Kohberger was seen cleaning the inside and outside of his car, with a law enforcement source adding that he “didn’t miss an inch.”
Police saw him wearing surgical gloves several times outside his parents’ home in Pennsylvania
He was also spotted cleaning the inside and outside of his car, with the source adding that he “didn’t skip an inch”.
Kohberger was also reportedly spotted taking the rubbish to his neighbour’s rubbish bins around 4am – with the contents being recovered from offices.
matched the DNA found on the sheath to Kohberger’s by comparing it to his father’s DNA — which matched 99.9998 percent.
The white Hyundai Elantra is one of the things that helped police track down the alleged killer and get his phone records.
He appeared in court yesterday charged with the four murders and one burglary after being extradited to Idaho.
The criminal justice graduate spoke only to confirm his name and representation during a hearing in Moscow, Idaho on Thursday.
A police-released timeline shows that Kohberger managed to break into the home and kill all four victims within 15 minutes, before his car was seen on surveillance footage.
Phone records show that Kohberger walked near the property just five hours after committing the murders – with his phone turned off during the time of the murders.
He is also accused of stalking the students and visiting the property or area at least 12 times prior to the November 13 killings.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11607765/Legal-experts-warn-case-against-Idaho-suspect-Bryan-Kohberger-isnt-open-shut.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Legal experts warn the case against Idaho suspect Bryan Kohberger is not “open and closed.”