A lawyer representing the accused killer Brian Kohberger once The following are the mother of one of Kohberger’s alleged victims in a switch-up that left the grieving mom feeling betrayed.

A court-appointed defense attorney Anne Taylor had advised a University of Idaho student killed by Taylor Xana Kernodle’s mom in an unrelated drug case when she suddenly withdrew her services on Jan. 5, court records show.

The same day, Kohberger, 28, made his first court appearance in Idaho — with Taylor representing him.

“I am heartbroken because I trusted her,” Kernodle’s mom, Cara Northington, told News Nation’s Ashleigh Banfield speaking in an interview on Wednesday.

“[Taylor] pretended that she was wanting to help me … And to find out that she’s representing him, I can’t even convey how betrayed I feel,” Northington.

Taylor, who is chief of the Kootenai County Public Defender’s Office, was the attorney for Northington in at least two cases, the outlet reported.

Recently, she was Northington’s defense after the mother was arrested and hit with drug possession charges on Nov. 19, six days after her daughter and three others were killed, allegedly by Taylor’s current client.

This case was dropped by her when she was appointed to be a Kohberger’s representative.

Kohberger smirks at public defender Anne Taylor in Latah County District Court hearing on January 5, 2023.

Northington stated that the only person who discovered about her connection was a friend through Reddit.

“I don’t understand how she could do this … I don’t understand what happens now. Does she still have power of attorney?” Northington stated.

Xana Kernodle.
Xana Kernodle.

Kohberger is accused of the slaying of four Idaho University students.
Four Idaho University students were killed by Kohberger, according to police.


Kohberger was accused of stabbing Kernodle (20 years old), Ethan Chapin (also 20), and Madison Mogen (21) inside their off campus home. Kaylee Goncalves (21) were also stabbed in the attack.

Washington State University criminology student was charged with four counts first-degree murder, and one count burglary.