An Idaho judge has revised the order in the Moscow school massacre, which has limited access to lawyers for the victims, their families and witnesses – in addition to investigators, the prosecution and the defense .
The case against Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old Ph.D. students at the University of the State of Washington, has attracted the attention of the country for more than two months.
He allegedly entered a home just steps from the neighboring University of Idaho campus and attacked four students with a knife around 4 a.m. on November 13. For nearly seven weeks, police have not publicly named a suspect.
With the help of the FBI, they arrested him in Pennsylvania on December 30. He has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, 21. along with Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, also 20. She faces an additional charge of burglary.
Bill Thompson, the Latah County District Attorney, said in a news interview the day of the arrest that more information is expected to come forward in court.
Latah County Judge Megan Marshall doubled down on the new order this week, expanding the scope of the order.
“Lawyers for any party who wants to participate in this case, including the government attorney, the defense attorney, and any attorney who will appear as a witness, injured , or the victim’s family, as well as parties to the aforementioned lawsuit, including but not limited to investigators. law enforcement personnel (sic), and representatives for the public prosecutor or defense attorney, are prohibited from making additional judicial statements (written or oral ) about this subject, except, without further explanation, a quote from or a reference to the government’s official record. the subject,” he wrote.
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At least one family member of the victim has hired a lawyer. The new order appears to prevent Shanon Grey, who is representing the parents of Kaylee Goncalves, from publicly discussing the case.
It comes shortly after a report, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, alleged that Kohberger sent multiple messages to one of victims on Instagram before the attacks.
“What’s interesting is that the order does not bind the families of the victims … only the attorneys for them,” said Edwina Elcox, a Boise-based criminal defense attorney. former member of the “Cult Mom” Lori Vallow. “Because what authority does the Court have to bind people who do not participate? No.”
The basis for the amendment of the order, he said, may be the Idaho Rule of Professional Conduct 3.6, about the advertising campaign on page 44.
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The three women shared the King Road flat with two other friends, who have not been identified – including one who told police she heard crying and saw the A masked man left. Chapin slept through the night.
Goncalves had a dog that also survived the attack — and police said they found animal hair when they searched Kohberger’s home in Pullman, Washington, near WSU’s campus.
Marshall presented the first order gag Jan. 3 – prohibit lawyers, the defense and investigators from discussing matters including evidence in the case, a confession, the possibility of making an agreement, the opinion that about the merits of the case or defense, and “the character, credibility or criminal record of a party”.
For weeks before, local police and prosecutors have been quiet about the case, with defense attorney Anne Taylor, the nearby Kootenai County attorney assigned to the case, ignoring questions from Fox News Digital before the judge’s order.
Kohberger could face the death penalty. He is scheduled to be heard again on June 26, where he is expected to argue the evidence used to obtain his warrant.
As reported by Fox News Digitala preliminary hearing may not be necessary if the prosecution obtains a jury indictment.