Court records of the Coeur d’Alene defense attorney representing the Idaho student murders show Bryan Kohberger was until recently assigned to defend the mother of one of his alleged victims.
Kootenai County Public Defender Anne Taylor was previously assigned to represent Cara Kernodle, the mother of 20-year-old victim Xana Kernodle, before Kohberger was arrested on Dec. 30 in an unrelated drug possession case.
Court records show she withdrew on Jan. 5, the same day Kohberger first appeared before an Idaho judge, and was replaced by attorney Christopher Schwartz.
Schwartz did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
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Taylor was appointed Kohberger’s temporary defense attorney shortly after his arrest – and became an official public defender at his first appearance in the Latah County Courthouse after waiving extradition in Pennsylvania and returning to Idaho.
He was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains more than six weeks after the alleged crimes, and police said they recovered DNA from trash containing a family-matching toe DNA found on hedge knives left near one of the victim’s body.
Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder and a felony burglary charge after police allege he entered a home on King Road in Moscow and ambushed four University of Idaho students there – Kernodle, her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, and two 21-year-olds. old housemates, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.
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The attacks occurred around 4 a.m. on Nov. 13, according to authorities, and Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt previously said at least some of the victims were asleep at the start.
Two other housemates were unharmed – including one who police say saw a man with “crazy eyes” fleeing after the killings. Goncalves’ dog also survived the attack — and police later said they found possible animal fur while serving a search warrant at Kohberger’s apartment in Pullman, Washington, less than 10 miles away from the crime scene.
Kohberger, a Washington State University doctoral student, had been stalking a King Road home for weeks, according to his affidavit of probable cause.
His cellphone pinged near the house at least a dozen times before the murders and once the morning after.
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Taylor indicated at a Jan. 12 appearance that her client intended to contest the evidence against him but waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing.
Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall set the proceedings for the last week of June, and are expected to last four to five days.
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Prosecutors could speed up the timeline by seeking a grand jury indictment instead of waiting until the preliminary hearing to establish probable cause, experts told Fox News Digital.
The court issued a gag order barring attorneys and investigators from commenting on the case.
Kohberger is being held without bail and could face the death penalty if convicted.