Judge enters not guilty pleas on behalf of Bryan Kohberger, charged in Idaho student murders

A grand jury last week indicted Bryan Kohberger, 28, on murder charges.

BySasha Pezenik, Kayna Whitworth and Kevin Shalvey ABCNews logo
Monday, May 22, 2023
Judge enters not guilty pleas on behalf of Bryan Kohberger
A judge entered not guilty pleas for Bryan Kohberger, charged in the Idaho murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin

MOSCOW, Idaho -- An Idaho judge entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of killing four Idaho college students last fall, during an arraignment in a Latah County Court on Monday.

When asked for his plea, Kohberger remained silent.

Kohberger's attorney rose and said "your honor, we are standing silent" and the judge then entered not guilty pleas for him

Kohberger was indicted last week on charges that included four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary, according to the documents filed in Latah County District Court.

Bryan Kohberger, right, appears at a hearing in Latah County District Court, Jan. 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho.
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Prosecutors allege that Kohberger, a Ph.D. student at Washington State University's department of criminal justice and criminology, broke into a house where six University of Idaho students were staying early on Nov. 13, 2022.

He is alleged to have killed Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21. Two other students who were in the house at the time survived and were not treated as suspects.

In the months since the murders, prosecutors have laid out evidence that included Kohberger's white Hyundai Elantra allegedly passing by the victims' house several times prior to the murders, according to court documents.

There is a Bryan Kohberger update: The suspect in the Moscow, Idaho college murders is scheduled for arraignment Monday.

The suspect's cellphone had been on route to Moscow, but was turned off from 2:47 a.m. to 4:48 a.m., a timeframe during which the murders were committed, police said.

DNA matching Kohberger's was found on a knife sheath left on one of the victim's beds, officials said.

Kohberger, who is from Pennsylvania, drove across the country after the end of the semester. He was arrested on Dec. 30 at his parents' home in the Pocono Mountains. He agreed to be extradited to Idaho in early January.

Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, who represented Kohberger in the extradition hearing, said in a statement at the time that his client "is eager to be exonerated of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as promptly as possible."

ABC News' Emily Shapiro, Mary Kekatos, Nadine El-Bawab, Aaron Katersky and Josh Margolin contributed to this report.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.