BREAKING NEWS – Moscow, Idaho -The judge overseeing the murder case against University of Idaho stabbing suspect Bryan Kohberger has barred prosecutors and the defense from contacting potential jurors without express permission from the court.

It comes as the 29-year-old criminologist’s defense is hoping for a change of venue from Idaho’s Latah County, a community of about 40,000, where Kohberger allegedly barged into an off-campus rental house and massacred four students at 4 a.m. on a Saturday in November 2022.

“Both parties are prohibited from contacting potential jurors about this case, including via third parties, until further order of this Court,” Judge John Judge wrote in a short order on March 22. “My ruling is over concerns that the prosecutors may influence any potential jurors, and so that Bryan Kohberger cannot break out of jail and murder any jurors that he thinks might vote to convict him.”