Secret Grand Jury Turns Idaho Quadruple Homicide Case Upside Down
Breaking news in the Idaho quadruple homicide case came out just this morning, as the public learned that a grand jury was assembled and ruled that there is indeed enough evidence to charge Bryan Kohberger with the Moscow, Idaho crimes.
Because of this ruling, there will no longer be a preliminary hearing at the end of June.
So what's going on now? Here's a basic explanation of terms:
Bryan Kohberger's Legal Situation: Explained
Clear as mud, right?
Essentially what has happened here, is the prosecution and the defense gathered a Grand Jury--and these folks came to the conclusion that there is enough evidence for probable cause that Kohberger is guilty.
We're so used to hearing about juries coming up with guilty and not-guilty verdicts, it's important to note that this is NOT what the grand jury was working on. Their role was only to rule on probable cause--not guilt.
With a preliminary hearing now out of the way and no longer necessary, Kohberger will be in court on Monday for arraignment where he will enter his plea. Many assume he will plead not-guilty. Then, the trial process begins.
Don't expect a trial to begin soon--experts say it could take a year or longer for this to begin as there is so much back and forth that is going to be required between legal teams. Everything from witnesses and evidence must be thoroughly prepared and reviewed.
Interested in seeing the court documents that came out today? They are below: