According to a former FBI agent, blood spatter analysis will probably be used in the Idaho murder trial involving suspect Bryan Kohberger.
Jennifer Coffindaffer, a former FBI agent, tweeted on Monday that Bryan Christopher Kohberger’s defense team has experts. They will most likely look at blood spatter analysis to play a role in the Idaho homicides.
According to reports, Kohberger, a 28-year-old Washington State University Ph.D. candidate in criminology, was detained last month and is now charged with four countsof first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary.
After police in Moscow, Idaho, started looking into the fatal stabbings of four college students, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, he was arrested more than a month later.
Kohberger was working on his criminal justice doctorate at Washington State University in Pullman, which is close to Moscow, the scene of the murders. This month, he finished his first semester.
In a media interview, Jennifer Coffindaffer discussed using bloodstain pattern analysis in the trial, which will start in June.
She explained that one of the things they check for is voids. The problem isn’t where the blood spatter hits but rather where it misses. That serves as a reference as to how the crime was committed, what direction the perpetrator was facing, whether the perpetrator was on the victim, and whether they struck an artery. Coffindaffer said that Kohberger’s defense team could use bloodstain pattern analysis to possibly argue that someone with a different stature committed the crimes. She believes that Kohberger’s defense team might use the timing of his alleged movements during the course of the trial.
Coffindaffer and former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani told the media that Kohberger’s trial would likely be a battle of the experts.
Rahmani, the head of West Coast Trial Lawyers, said that reasonable doubt suffices in place of actual innocence.
According to court reports, Kohberger’s trial is slated to begin on June 26.