Clumsy move or beginnings of a potential Kohberger defense

All eyes will be on Bryan Kohbergher’s trial this coming summer.. until then legal experts are actively opining online and other forums about what move the defense will make to poke holes in what seems to be a solid prosecution theory..

One criminology expert thinks it will be a focus on DNA evidence and those now famous cell phone pings..


During an appearance on ITV’s This Morning, David Wilson, a Professor Emeritus of Criminology and founding Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University was asked about the knife sheath found and how the DNA found on it was linked back to Kohberger’s father. The 28-year-old Ph.D. student was arrested shortly after the DNA was found.

This Morning host, Phillip Schofield said that leaving the sheath was a “clumsy move”; however, Wilson interrupted suggesting it could have also been “a remarkably clever move.”

“Because one of the things that’s really struck me about the person that’s been arrested and accused of this is he is intelligent and high-functioning,” Wilson said. “Would a highly-skilled, intelligent student who is teaching criminology, a Ph.D. student, have made such a basic error?”

“I could have your DNA,” Wilson said, motioning to co-host, Holly Willoughby. “Your DNA is on me. I could go wherever I wanted to go in the next hour and your DNA would be where I go to. So the defense is clearly going to present issues that will suggest that Kohberger is innocent.”

David Wilson continues on the cell pings:

“Moscow isn’t so far away from Washington State University, so it would be natural that there would be some of those towers that might ping,” Wilson said. “There will be a defense.”