Victim’s mom ‘heartbroken’ by defense lawyer’s switch

(NewsNation) — Cara Northington is facing the harsh reality that the person she trusted most has now dropped her case — to represent the accused killer of her daughter Xana Kernodle.

The court-appointed defense attorney for Kohberger previously represented Northington before switching to take his case, according to court records.

Anne Taylor, chief of the Kootenai County Public Defender’s Office, withdrew from Northington’s case Jan. 5, the same day Kohberger made his first court appearance in Moscow, Idaho. Since Taylor took over the public defender’s office in 2017, her office has defended Northington in four cases, the Idaho Statesman reported


In the most recent case, drug charges were filed against Northington on Nov. 19, six days after her daughter and three others were found dead inside an off-campus rental home.

Kohberger, 28, a criminal justice graduate student at Washington State University, is accused of killing Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in their off-campus rental home in Moscow, Idaho.

“I am heartbroken because I trusted her … (Taylor pretended that she was wanting to help me … And to find out that she’s representing him (Kohberger), I can’t even convey how betrayed I feel,” Northington said.

Northington says she hasn’t had a chance to speak with Taylor yet, and that she found out about the switch through a friend on social media.

Earlier this month, “Banfield” spoke with Steve and Kristi Goncalves, the parents of Kaylee Goncalves, after Kohberger‘s first court appearance.

Steve Goncalves said that while he and Kristi will forgive Kohberger one day, “he has to pay for what he’s done.” 

“Justice is when you leave the planet … and the whole world is able to rejoice and be glad that you are not there. That’s justice, and we will forgive him,” he said.

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