Idaho murders: Chapin’s family won’t attend Kohberger trial

  • Bryan Kohberger didn't verbalize a plea to charges of murder and burglary
  • Idaho victim Ethan Chapin's mother said her family won't be at trial
  • Chapin's family is choosing to heal and honor Ethan in other ways

(NewsNation) — Idaho victim Ethan Chapin’s mother said her family won’t be attending suspect Bryan Kohbgerger’s upcoming trial.

Kohberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students, declined to enter a plea in court, electing to remain silent at his arraignment last month. That choice led the judge to enter not guilty pleas for the murder and burglary charges Kohberger is facing. His trial date is set for October 2, and he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in an apartment shared by the three women in November 2022. The deaths of the four University of Idaho students sent shockwaves through the small community of Moscow, Idaho.

Chapin’s mother, Stacy Chapin, said Monday during an appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” show that her and her family won’t attend the trial because it wouldn’t be energy “well spent.”

“(The trial) does not change the outcome of our family and it’s energy that we need to put into healing our kids and getting back to a new family dynamic,” Stacy Chapin said. “We let the prosecutors do their job and we do our job in our family.”

As part of their healing process, Chapin’s family started with hopes of raising enough money in Ethan’s memory to provide four-year scholarships for students wanting to attend the University of Idaho.

Stacy Chapin also revealed on “TODAY” that she wrote a children’s book, “The Boy Who Wore Blue,” about Ethan.

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