THE University of Idaho has announced that four of its students murdered last year will receive posthumous degrees later this week.
They will be conferred at the school’s graduation ceremony on Saturday.
Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, will each receive a bachelor’s degree, NewsNation reported.
Mogen studied marketing while Goncalves majored in general studies.
Ethan Chapin, 20, will get a certificate in sports and tourism management while his girlfriend Xana Kernodle, also 20, will receive a certificate in marketing.
The four teens were stabbed to death in an off-campus apartment in Moscow, Idaho, in November.
Bryan Kohberger, a former Ph.D student pursuing a degree in criminal justice at nearby Washington State University, has been charged in connection to the murders.
The defendant’s legal team is now demanding that authorities hand over arrest videos and DNA evidence which they say could prove Kohberger’s innocence, the Daily Mail reported.
They’re asking for all body and dash camera footage from the defendant’s arrest in Pennsylvania and any audio or video evidence from while he was in custody, including interrogation tapes.
Forensic evidence seized from Kohberger’s car and his parents’ home may also be turned over along with training records for the officers involved in the case.
This comes after a new attorney, Elisa Massoth, was added to Kohberger’s defense team on Monday, KREM reported.
She will join Kootenai County Public Defender Anne Taylor.
Kohberger has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary.
Although he maintains his innocence, he has not yet entered a plea.
The defendant is set to appear in court for a hearing on May 25, the Independent reported.
The murder victims aren’t the only students who will receive an honorary degree at the University of Idaho this weekend.
Guadalupe Ruiz, who died in a car crash in August, will receive a bachelor’s degree in criminology.