Here’s why Idaho student murder suspect Bryan Kohberger may have chosen to ‘stand silent’ in court, experts say

Posted on AllSides May 23rd, 2023
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Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of stabbing four Idaho college students to death, sat wordlessly in court during his arraignment on Monday as a judge read aloud the murder and burglary charges against him and asked whether the suspect was prepared to announce his plea.

Instead of entering a plea, Kohberger’s attorney replied, “Your honor, we are standing silent.”

The unconventional legal strategy, also known as “standing mute,” relies on an Idaho criminal rule which requires a judge to then enter a not guilty plea on the defendant’s behalf, effectively allowing him to avoid...

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