Wearing leg shackles and an orange T-shirt, Kohberger, had
two gashes near his chin and apparent bruises on his neck as he was escorted by
a sheriff’s deputy into the courtroom for the five-minute hearing.
According to NewsNation, the sheriff informed him that the
cuts are from shaving before his court appearance.
The 28-year-old criminology Ph.D. student had a dead-eyed
facial expression with dark circles around his eyes as he waived his right to a
speedy trial and was ordered to continue without being held without bail.
A judge set Kohberger’s next court date for June 26,
clearing the way for a trial. He seemed to fidget a little and only spoke
briefly to answer direct questions asked by the judge, according to The Post.
The ruling sent social media furious as the public is now
forced to wait an additional six months for any new details about the grisly
Kohberger stands accused of stabbing to death friends and
the University of Idaho students Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana
Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, as they slept in an off-campus house around
4 am November 13. He was arrested on December 30 at his parent’s Pennsylvania
At the Thursday hearing, the exhausted-looking accused was
not asked to submit a plea for the four charges of first-degree murder and one
charge of burglary he faces, but he has previously hinted he plans to plead not
The court appearance comes a week after he was extradited
from his home state of Pennsylvania to Idaho last week. According to state
rules, once he appeared in court, the police were able to issue an affidavit
with the evidence which led them to suspect him. The documents showed that
Kohberger may have surveilled the students’ home a dozen times and returned to
the crime scene after the murders. No clear motive for the crimes or link
between Kohberger and the victims has been established so far.