The families of murdered University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen filed court documents earlier this month, indicating their intention to retain their right to sue the city of Moscow, Idaho.
Two notices submitted to the city on May 3 and May 11 respectively, signify that the Goncalves and Mogen families may potentially initiate legal proceedings against Moscow. The notices didn’t provide specific details regarding the nature of the families’ potential claims, but indicated the monetary amount for damages is currently “undetermined.”
According to attorney Shanon Gray, who represents the Goncalves and Mogen families, no lawsuit has been filed yet. However, the claims serve to safeguard the families’ ability to initiate legal action within a 2-year timeframe, ABC News reports.
According to Gray, submitting a tort claims notice is primarily a precautionary measure. Its purpose is to safeguard the interests of the families, the victims, and the wider community.
Gray said he also filed tort claims notices with Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and the Idaho State Police. These notices “aren’t meant to do anything other than protect the interests of the families and the victims moving forward,” Gray said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Kohberger is behind bars for the murders of Mogen and Goncalves, along with fellow students, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. All four victims were found stabbed dead in their off-campus rental near the school in November 2022.
Kohberger remains behind bars without bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26 at 9 a.m. in Moscow, at the Latah County Courthouse.
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[Feature Photo: Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves (left)Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle;/Instagram]