New Defense Attorney Joins Accused Killer of Idaho Students

Former Washington Ph.D. student Bryan Kohberger, accused of murdering four students in Idaho, has added a death penalty defense attorney to his team.

Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four undergrad students at the University of Idaho, has hired a new defense attorney. Elisa Massoth, a certified defense attorney for death penalty cases, has filed a notice of appearance with the Second Judicial District Court.

Kohberger is facing four counts of first-degree murder and a burglary charge for the November 2022 stabbing deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. Massoth, who claims to be one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Idaho, has a strong reputation opposing the might of the government in Idaho courts.

Kohberger is yet to enter a plea, but he expects to be exonerated. He is due in court for a scheduling conference on May 22, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for the week of June 26. The case is being closely watched, and the victims are set to receive posthumous honors at the University of Idaho’s Spring Commencement.