Kristen Marti murder suspect requests public defender, does not enter plea

Posted at 9:14 AM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 12:14:03-04

The suspect in the murder of San Luis Obispo woman Kristen Marti made his first court appearance Monday since being extradited from Minnesota.

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Ginger Garret read the official charges against Robert Koehler, 36, which include murder and special allegations that the killing was pre-meditated and a deadly weapon was used. 

The Arroyo Grande man, who appeared emotionless during the hearing, was appointed a public defender. 

Judge Garrett suggested that he remain in custody without bail, but said that will be up for discussion again Tuesday during his continued arraignment. 

San Luis Obispo police announced in April that Koehler was a person-of-interest in the death investigation of Marti, 26.

Marti was reported missing on January 18 and was last seen alive in Prefumo Canyon on January 9. Her body was found March 25.

Koehler was arrested Wednesday, May 16, in Rogers, Minnesota. He and his wife were at a truck stop off Interstate 94. Investigators believe the couple were on their way to Michigan where Koehler’s wife has family.

Koehler waived extradition in May, according to San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth. Jail logs show he was booked into jail in SLO County the evening of May 31. 

If convicted, Koehler faces life behind bars. 

Robert Koehler during his June 4 arraignment

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