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King Road House Access Given to Kohberger Defense, Demolition Set for Dec. 28

December 14, 2023

MOSCOW, Idaho — Teams representing the defense for Bryan Kohberger will access the King Road house today and tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 15. The defense asked University of Idaho in November for access to the house in December, as they prepare their case for a trial, the date of which has not been set.

The defense indicated they want to take photographs, measurements and possibly gather drone footage of the house.

Following this, the university will prepare for demolition of the house. Demolition will begin Thursday, Dec. 28, and it may take several days to completely clear the site. Media instructions for viewing the demolition are found below.

The house was given to the university in early 2023. It is the site where U of I students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were killed. It has been the intention of the university since being given the house, to demolish it.

“It is the grim reminder of the heinous act that took place there,” President Scott Green said. “While we appreciate the emotional connection some family members of the victims may have to this house, it is time for its removal and to allow the collective healing of our community to continue.”

The decision to tear down the home during winter break was made as an attempt to decrease further impact on the students who live in that area.

Germer Construction of Moscow will serve as general contractor and provide project oversight, while also performing site rehabilitation, grading, utility disconnection and demolition assistance, at a reduced cost to the university.

In late October the FBI accessed the house to gather additional data. As explained to the university, the scanning done by the FBI will allow them to create visual aids that could be used in the trial.

Because of the gag order imposed by the court, no information or comment will be provided by the defense, prosecutor’s offices, investigators or law enforcement.

Instructions for media attending the demolition:

  • King Road will be blocked off to traffic and on-street parking suspended during the demolition and debris removal.
  • Lot 45 (see parking map) is available for media parking. Overnight parking is not allowed in this lot.
  • Media will have access to view the demolition at the cul-de-sac at the south end of King Road. This is a clear vantage point.
  • Drones cannot be launched from university property.
  • Crews working on the demolition will not be available for interviews.

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Jodi Walker
Executive Director of Communications

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