Bryan Kohberger could face the death penalty, documents indicate

Preliminary hearing starts June


Steven M. Falk | Tribune Content AgencyCONT

Bryan Kohberger was arrested on Dec. 30 in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

PUNEET BSANTI, Deputy news editor

An agreement between Kootenai and Latah County indicates that the prosecuting team could potentially seek the death penalty against Bryan Kohberger.

In a public record obtained by KREM 2, Latah County agreed to pay Anne Taylor, Kootenai County Chief public defender, $200 during the 40-hour work week. The agreement titled the “Capital Criminal Defense Provider Agreement” said the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office could seek the death penalty. 

Kohberger was arrested on Dec. 30, 2022 for the homicides of four University of Idaho students and is charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing, which will start on June 26. 

Taylor and Kootenai County Deputy Public Defender Jay Logsdon are qualified to defend death penalty cases. 

Kohberger is expected to enter his plea on June 26 and Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson has until the end of July to officially pursue the death penalty.