Bryan Kohberger’s attorneys claim cell phone data shows he was not at home where murders took place


Lawyers for Bryan Kohbergerthe accused man fatally stabbing four University of Idaho students in 2022, plans to use cell tower data to prove he was not at the site of the murders, according to a new court document.

Kohberger is accused of killing Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in mid-November 2022 at a home in Moscow, Idaho, where the university is located. The house has been ever since demolished.

Court documents providing an alibi for Kohberger stated that he “was driving in the early morning hours of November 13, 2022; as he often did to walk and run and/or see the moon and stars. He drove all around area south of Pullman, Washington, west of Moscow, Idaho, including Wawawai Park.”

The document says a cell site location information expert will testify that cell tower data shows that “Kohberger's mobile device was located south of Pullman, Washington and west of Moscow, Idaho , on Nov. 13, 2022; that Bryan Kohberger's mobile device was not traveling eastbound on the Moscow -Pullman Highway in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, and therefore could not be the vehicle captured on video. along the Moscow-Pullman highway near Floyd's cannabis store.

An earlier affidavit stated that investigators had found cell tower data from that morning that showed Kohberger's phone in Pullman around 2:47 a.m. the night of the murders, when it suddenly went offline. -se on the cellular network, according to “48 hoursIt was around this time that surveillance video caught his car leaving his apartment, “48 Hours” reported.

Two hours after his phone disappeared from the network, it reappeared in southern Moscow and headed back to Pullman, “48 Hours” reported.

At the time of his arrest, about six weeks after the murders, Kohberger was a Ph.D. Criminology student and teaching assistant at Washington State University's Pullman campus, about a 15-minute drive from Moscow. Kohberger was arrested at his parents' home in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday's notice of the defense alibi also said that more information about Kohberger's location on the night of the murders “will be provided once the State provides the discovery requested and now subject to an upcoming motion to compel. If not revealed, [the expert’s] The testimony will also reveal that critical exculpatory evidence, further corroborating Mr. Kohberger, were not preserved or withheld.”

Kohberger's attorney has also requested a change of venue, The Associated Press reportedarguing that it would not give him a fair trial in the area where the murders took place.

“A fair and impartial jury cannot be found in Latah County because of the extensive and inflammatory pre-trial publicity, the allegations made about Mr. Kohberger to the public by the media that will be inadmissible at his trial, the small size of the community, the nefarious nature of the alleged crimes and the seriousness of the charges Kohberger faces,” attorney Anne Taylor wrote, according to the AP.

The Latah County District Attorney opposed the change of venue request, AP reported.

A hearing on the change of venue motion will be held on May 14, 2024, court documents showed.

Kohberger is charged with four counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of the students. Kohberger did not respond when asked how he entered his plea, so a judge entered a not guilty plea for him. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if Kohberger is convicted.

– Kerry Breen contributed reporting.


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