The court proceedings regarding the suspect in the horrific Idaho student murders last year took a twist this week.
According to Fox News, the lawyer for Bryan Kohberger, the suspect in the murders, waived his right to a speedy trial this week, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 2.
The announcement came about at a status update court hearing on Wednesday, which was requested by Kohberger's lawyer, Anne Taylor, last week.
Law & Crime Network wrote that Kohberger "appeared in court Wednesday for a status hearing and waived his right to a speedy trial. The accused killer effectively delayed his trial, which was originally scheduled for October 2. Kohberger’s attorney, Anne Taylor, claimed the defense needs more time to efficiently present their case. There was no new trial date set."
#BryanKohberger appeared in court Wednesday for a status hearing and waived his right to a speedy trial. The accused killer effectively delayed his trial, which was originally scheduled for October 2. Kohberger’s attorney, Anne Taylor, claimed the defense needs more time to… pic.twitter.com/5YNzFhWesw
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The grizzly murder grabbed worldwide attention last year, as the killings were especially egregious.
Fox News noted:
Five people lived at the King Road residence in Moscow, Idaho, including three of the victims — Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen. Another victim, Ethan Chapin, was dating Kernodle and was staying at the home on Nov. 13, 2022, when all four were allegedly killed by Bryan Kohberger, who allegedly entered the home at around 4 a.m.
Some of the families of the victims, including the Goncalves family, expressed their dire concerns about the waived trial.
"Please pray for our family today," the family wrote.
They added, "We are afraid he is going to waive his rights to a speedy trial. If he does, trial will not be starting on Oct 2nd and it is very likely that it won't take place for years. We want to get this trial over. Just thinking it could be years absolutely kills me."
Social media torched Kohberger and the justice system, expressing empathy for the families of the victims who might have to wait years for justice.
"He’s in no hurry to get the death penalty," one X user wrote.
Another X user wrote, "Sure. He wants to extend his fifteen minutes of fame."
As of this writing, a new trial date has not been set.