Bethany Funke to Testify in Kohberger's Defense

February 2, 2024

It’s been more than a year since the gruesome murders of four University of Idaho students in their off-campus home and the two roommates who survived have kept a low profile. Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen were at the Moscow house when criminology student Bryan Kohberger allegedly sneaked inside November 13 and stabbed Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernoddle, and Ethan Chapin to death in their beds. Mortensen, 21, even came face-to-face with the alleged killer a few moments after the bloody slaughter.

But both survivors now face online backlash, with trolls suggesting they are to blame for the deaths. Mortensen’s stepmother tells NewsNation her daughter is wracked with survivor’s guilt, and she has dropped out of school to focus on trauma therapy. She now spends most of her time at home, staying in her room and playing video games.

Funke, 21, maintains an even lower profile and resides in Nevada. She was only heard from earlier this year when her attorneys filed a motion to dismiss a subpoena that would force her to testify as part of Kohberger’s defense.

A court filing against the subpoena argued that it was improperly filed and that there is no authority for an Idaho criminal defendant to summon a Nevada witness to Idaho for a preliminary hearing. A Reno law firm representing Funke has declined to comment due to a gag order on the case. But in a letter to the court, her attorneys argue that Funke’s testimony could exonerate their client and help police solve the murder investigation.

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