Four University of Idaho students were brutally murdered in their beds on November 13th of last year, and now the surviving roommate has agreed to meet with the defense team of the accused killer, Bryan Kohberger. Bethany Funke, who was also a roommate of the victims, will meet with Kohberger’s lawyers at her home in Reno, Nevada. The move comes after Funke argued that she should not have to testify during various court hearings.
Kohberger, a criminal justice major, is accused of killing Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. The defense team has subpoenaed Funke, believing that she may have “exculpatory” information that is material and necessary to Kohberger’s defense. However, it is not clear what information she may have that could exonerate Kohberger.
The decision to meet with the defense team means that Funke may not be forced to appear at the preliminary hearing on June 28th, depending on the information she provides to investigators. This move has left many wondering what information Funke may have that could be crucial to the case.
The University of Idaho community was left in shock after the brutal murders of the four students, and the media have closely followed the case. The news of Funke’s agreement to meet with Kohberger’s defense team has only added to the intrigue surrounding the case.
It is important to note that Funke’s decision to meet with the defense team does not mean she is taking Kohberger’s side or believes he is innocent. Rather, it is a move to protect herself from having to testify in court, which can be a traumatic experience for witnesses. Or it could mean something more nefarious, time will tell.
The case is ongoing, and Kohberger has yet to stand trial for the murders. The defense team’s decision to subpoena Funke indicates that they may be looking for a way to exonerate their client, but it remains to be seen what information Funke may provide.
As the University of Idaho community continues to mourn the loss of the four students, many are hoping for justice to be served in this tragic case. The decision by the surviving roommate to meet with Kohberger’s defense team adds yet another layer of complexity to an already complicated case.