Idaho murders: Kaylee Goncalves’ family appealing gag order in Kohberger case


She also argued that the gag order is in place solely to protect the defendant’s right to a fair trial and impartial jury pool. And that the order should stay after the jury is selected.

“Once the jury has been selected the non-dissemination order becomes moot and therefore would not be allowed to be in full force for the ‘entirety of the case,'” she argued.

Kohberger to be tried for murders

Kohberger was arrested on December 30. He had been under surveillance for two weeks. And when he traveled to his parent’s house in the Poconos Mountains the FBI and Pennsylvania police took him into custody.

He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the University of Idaho students. The victims were Goncalves and her best friend Maddie Mogen, both 21. Also murdered were Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20. 

Kohberger also faces a charge of felony burglary. And Judge Marshall ordered him held without bail at the Latah County Jail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26, where it is anticipated his defense attorney will challenge the evidence against him. And cross-examine one of the surviving roommates who saw a masked man with “bushy eyebrows” leaving the house after the murders.