After appearing in court, a man accused of fatally stabbing four university students to death in their beds last year in Idaho has refused to enter into a plea.
Bryan Kohberger (28), a student of criminology, appeared in court on Monday at Latah County.
He confirmed his name and provided other details but was silent when asked to plead.
The case was adjourned after District Judge John Judge entered on his behalf a plea of not guilty.
Kohberger was officially charged with four counts each of murder and burglary by a grand juror last week.
is alleged to be the who killed his housemates Kaylee Góncalves, Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle in the early morning hours of November 13 last year.
At the time of the attack, two other female housemates were present and sleeping in their respective bedrooms.
The investigators spoke to one of the women who said she heard crying at 4am and opened her front door.
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Court documents revealed that she stood “frozen in shock” when she saw a man in black masked walk past her, and then leave the house.
The housemate locked herself into her room, and went to bed.
The next morning, when the remaining housemates awoke, they invited other friends into the house. One of these friends then called the police thinking that the housemates were unconscious.
The horrific crime scene was discovered only afterward.
Documents from the court revealed that DNA was found at the crime site on the button of the knife sheath.
According to the affidavit of police corporal Brett Payne, phone data showed that Kohberger had visited the neighborhood near the house around a dozen other times before the assault.
He said that all of these apparent visits occurred in the late evening or early morning hours.
Kohberger, who was pursuing a criminal justice doctorate at Washington State University when the murders occurred, lived about 16km (10 miles) away from the University of Idaho, where the victims were studying.
The was stopped twice by police in Indiana on the 15th of December, just over a week after the murders.
Kohberger’s lawyer claimed earlier this year that he wanted to be cleared and called him “an ordinary man”.
The judge set Kohberger’s trial for 2 October. If convicted, he could face the death penalty or life in prison if found guilty of murder.