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University of Idaho announces demolition date for house where students were killed

FILE - Bare spots are seen, Nov. 29, 2022, in the snowy parking lot in front of the home where four University of Idaho students were found dead on Nov. 13, in Moscow, Idaho, after vehicles belonging to the victims and others were towed away earlier in the day. Objections have been raised to demolishing the house where four University of Idaho students were killed in 2022, with members of three of the victims' families signaling it should be preserved until after the trial of the man charged in the deaths.
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FILE - Bare spots are seen, Nov. 29, 2022, in the snowy parking lot in front of the home where four University of Idaho students were found dead on Nov. 13, in Moscow, Idaho, after vehicles belonging to the victims and others were towed away earlier in the day. Objections have been raised to demolishing the house where four University of Idaho students were killed in 2022, with members of three of the victims' families signaling it should be preserved until after the trial of the man charged in the deaths.

The University of Idaho announced Thursday the King Street house where four students were killed will be demolished on Thursday, Dec. 28. Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead in the home on Nov. 13, 2022.

The demolition was postponed after investigators and the prosecution asked for access to the house in October. The FBI was at the house building various exhibits and making a physical model of the home.

The defense team for Bryan Kohberger, the man charged with killing the students, will access the home Dec. 14 and 15, possibly taking photos, measurements and drone footage of the home as they prepare for trial.

After this, the University of Idaho will begin preparing to demolish the home. The demolition is scheduled for 7 a.m. on Dec. 28 and may take several days to completely clear the site.

“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 University wrote in a news release the decision to tear down the home over the winter break is an attempt to decrease further impact on the students who live in the area.

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.

A trial date for Kohberger has not been set. The State of Idaho says public hearings in the case will be livestreamed by the court.

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