28-year-old Bryan Kohberger has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder in connection with the slayings of four University of Idaho students in Moscow.
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1. Arrest and Charges:
Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old man, has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder and one count of felony burglary. The charges are related to the slayings of four University of Idaho students: Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. The victims were stabbed to death in an off-campus rental home in Moscow, Idaho, on November 13, 2022.
2. Extradition and Court Appearance:
Kohberger was apprehended on December 30, 2022, in Pennsylvania and appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom on January 3, 2023. He waived his extradition to Idaho, voluntarily agreeing to return to the state to face the charges against him. He was transported back to Idaho on January 4.
3. Surviving Roommate’s Testimony:
According to the probable cause affidavit released on January 5, one of the surviving roommates of the victims reported seeing a figure clad in black clothing and a mask leaving the crime scene. Additionally, she heard crying on the night of the killings. This information suggests that the roommate was awake during the attack and potentially witnessed the killer.
4. DNA and Cell Phone Evidence:
The affidavit alleged that Bryan Kohberger was linked to the crime scene through DNA evidence and cell phone pings. These pieces of evidence played a crucial role in connecting Kohberger to the murders of the four University of Idaho students.
5. Family’s Statement and Victims’ Families’ Reaction:
Kohberger’s family released a statement expressing their deep care for the families who lost their children and emphasized their support for their son and brother. The families of the victims expressed relief following Kohberger’s arrest, which occurred on the day before a planned memorial for Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves. The victims’ families described the arrest as a blessing and a relief, bringing some peace during a difficult time.
Kohberger was indicted by a grand jury in May 2023 for the murder of the four students and is expected to enter a plea. The indictment allowed prosecutors to bypass a previously scheduled hearing where the surviving roommates might have been cross-examined.
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It is reported that Kohberger claimed to be shocked by the allegations, according to his public defender. Some individuals who knew Kohberger when they were young described him as quiet and friendly, but others alleged that he may have been involved in bullying.