OJ Simpson’s ‘Dream Team’ Attorney Outlines Best Defense For Idaho Suspect Bryan Kohberger | United States | news

The man accused of the murders of four University of Idaho students faces mounting evidence linking him to the heinous crimes. But a former attorney for OJ Simpson’s “dream team” had some advice for accused killer Bryan Kohberger’s defense team.

The arrest affidavit, a document summarizing the evidence and circumstances surrounding the arrest, revealed a number of new details about the case that left residents of the small town of Moscow reeling and shocked the rest of the world.

The affidavit reveals that Kohberger was linked to the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, after his DNA was found on a knife sheath belonging to the killer on the crime scene had left behind.

Mobile data connected the criminology graduate student to the student’s off-campus home at least 12 times in the run-up to the Nov. 13 attack. And again, just hours after the murders.

Despite the mounting evidence against him, a prominent defense attorney says it’s only one side of the story.

Alan Dershowitz, who was part of OJ Simpson’s “Dream Team,” broke down the affidavit linking Kohhberger to the gruesome crimes and shared his best defense tactics for the alleged killer’s attorney.

Speaking of the document narrows to Kohberger, so the defense’s first step should be to begin developing its own evidence.

“You always assume your client is guilty and then work back from there.”

Referring to cellphone data linking Kohberger’s phone to the crime scene, Dershowitz called it “circumstantial evidence.”

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He said: “They are trying to explain away the physical, indisputable evidence in a way that raises the possibility of innocence, or at least reasonable doubt.”

This can be accomplished, Dershowitz explained, by putting other parties on the witness stand.

“Often it also makes sense to bring the police to justice, to bring the prosecution to justice, and to divert attention from the accused to other people,” the retired attorney said.

The affidavit noted that Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath left next to one of the victims, which Dershowitz says seems like “very damning evidence” but isn’t impossible to challenge or deny.

The notorious attorney said there was still a long way to go before assessing the outcome of the trial, but based on the affidavit, he said the outcome so far “indicates probable guilt.”

He said: “I will surprise people when I say that a good criminal defense lawyer always starts with a presumption of guilt, not a presumption of innocence.

“If you assume your client is innocent, you will make mistakes. They will allow searches. They will allow him to speak to the police. Then always keep in mind the possibility of a plea deal.

“It’s difficult in a case like this where there have been so many deaths and so brutal that the lawyers, whoever they are, really have their jobs to do.”

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