Bryan Kohberger, nan criminology Ph.D. campaigner accused of stabbing 4 University of Idaho students to decease past November, could look execution by firing squad if he is convicted of nan murders and a measure introduced this week clears nan Idaho authorities legislature.
Republican authorities Rep. Bruce Skaug introduced House Bill 186 connected Wednesday, which would found execution by firing squad arsenic a backup to lethal injection.
Idaho, for illustration respective different states astir nan country, has struggled to procure nan ingredients for lethal injections successful caller years, astir precocious forcing nan authorities to cancel nan execution past twelvemonth of a man who murdered 2 golden prospectors successful 1985.
Bryan Kohberger enters a courtroom successful Moscow, Idaho January 12, 2023 for a position hearing. (Kai Eiselein/Pool)
Skaug's measure calls for nan head of nan Idaho Department of Corrections to certify whether lethal injection is disposable nary much than 5 days aft a decease warrant is issued. If lethal injection is not available, past nan decease statement inmate would beryllium executed by firing squad.
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Utah brought backmost firing squads successful 2015 owed to its ain struggles pinch lethal injections. The believe was ineligible successful Idaho until 2009, erstwhile it was banned.
Ethan Chapin, Kayle Goncalves, Maddison Mogen, and Xana Kernodle, who were stabbed to decease connected Nov. 13 astatine an disconnected field location adjacent nan University of Idaho. (Fox News)
Kohberger, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student astatine Washington State University, allegedly snuck into a location adjacent nan University of Idaho successful nan early greeting hours of Nov. 13 and stabbed 4 students to death.
A probable origin affidavit unsealed soon aft Kohberger's apprehension successful precocious December elaborate nan grounds against him, including that a weapon sheath near astatine nan segment had his DNA connected it.
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He is being held without bail astatine nan Latah County Jail successful Moscow, Idaho. He faces nan decease punishment if convicted connected 4 counts of first-degree execution and felony burglary.
Kohberger has not yet entered a plea and is owed backmost successful tribunal connected June 26.
Bryan Kohberger arrives astatine nan Monroe County Courthouse successful Pennsylvania for his extradition hearing. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)
The 4 students who were murdered were each undergraduate students astatine nan University of Idaho: Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin.
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Steve Goncalves, Kaylee's father, told Fox News past period that he hopes Kohberger gets nan decease penalty.
"I want this lawsuit to get stronger and stronger to nan constituent wherever he realizes he’s not going to beryllium connected nan satellite that long," Goncalves said.
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