Idaho homicide suspect Bryan Kohberger appears in court for the first time
Chilling details of the murders of four University of Idaho students emerged this week as suspected killer Bryan Kohberger appeared in court in Moscow for the first time and his statement was released.
The affidavit reveals the 28-year-old criminology graduate student was linked to the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin after his DNA was found on a knife sheath left by the killer at the scene.
Cellphone data also shows that Kohberger appears to have stalked the home at least 12 times in the run-up to the Nov. 13 attack — and that he returned to the scene about five hours after the stabbing spree.
For the first time, it emerged that one of the two surviving roommates overheard his chilling last words to the victims: “It’s okay, I’ll help you.”
Following the release of the affidavit, several of Kohberger’s former high school friends revealed new details about his past.
The suspect is currently in custody on four counts of first degree murder and one count of burglary.
Meanwhile, two blood-stained mattresses and other furniture were seen being removed from the Moscow house where the four students were killed.
Motive Suggested for Idaho Murders
For weeks, police have struggled to find a motive behind the shocking murders of four University of Idaho students in November.
According to police in Idaho, suspected killer Bryan Kohberger drove past the crime scene 12 different times before the murders, suggesting an obsessive, stalker-like mentality, according to CNN legal analyst Elie Honig.
“The complaint suggests a potential motive here. They talk about the fact that Bryan Kohberger walked past that house 12 different times, says Honig so on Saturday. “There could be a suggestion here that there was some sort of stalking or obsessive type of motive.”
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 12:15 p.m
Why did Bryan Kohberger apply for a police internship?
The criminology PhD student charged in the murders of four University of Idaho students had applied for an internship with the local police department within months of the murders, according to an unsealed arrest affidavit.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, was extradited to Idaho this week to stand trial in the Nov. 13 deaths of Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21.
The affidavit unsealed Thursday describes how Kohberger, a student at Washington State University, across the state line from the UI campus, had applied for a fall 2022 internship with the Pullman Police Department.
“Kohberger wrote in his essay that he was interested in helping rural law enforcement agencies better collect and analyze technology data in public safety operations,” the affidavit said.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 11:15 am
With Bryan Kohberger in Idaho, a series of emotional face-to-face interactions
The 28-year-old criminology graduate student met the tearful families of his alleged victims at the Latah County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. PT Thursday morning during his first appearance before a Latah County Magistrate Court judge.
A judge read him his rights and the charges against him as he sat with his public defender Anne Taylor — a lawyer best known for securing the overturn of a manslaughter conviction based on false statements made by Idaho police.
Kohberger — who plans to fight the quadruple-murder charges — was not asked to enter a plea during the hearing. He was sentenced to be held without bond and a status hearing was set for January 12.
Rachel Sharp follows the story.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 10:15 am
Will DNA be what convicts Bryan Kohberger?
Bryan Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath the killer left behind in the bedroom of one of the four slain University of Idaho students, according to investigators.
One document, written by Moscow police officer Brett Payne, reveals that the killer placed a tan leather sheath from the murder weapon on victim Madison Mogen’s bed next to the 21-year-old’s butchered body.
The sheath will contain the DNA of a single man – the 28-year-old criminology PhD student who is now charged with the four murders.
“The scabbard was later treated and had ‘Ka-Bar’ ‘USMC’ and the United States Marine Corps eagle globe and anchor insignia stamped on its exterior,” the officer writes.
Josh Marcus8 January 2023 09:15
Documents reveal new details about alleged Idaho killer’s preparations for quadruple murder
The bodies of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were found at their King Road rental across from the University of Idaho in the town of Moscow on November 13.
Mr. Kohberger, a graduate student in criminology from nearby Pulman, Wash., has been charged with their murders and appeared in an Idaho court Thursday morning, just before a probable cause affidavit outlining the police case against him was opened.
Investigators state in the document that they received historical data for the suspect’s phone from AT&T for the time after his account was opened in June 2022 “to determine whether Kohberger stalked any of the victims in this case prior to the offense, conducted surveillance of the King Road Residence, was in contact with any of the victims’ associates before or after the alleged offence.”
Graeme Massie with the details.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 08:15
ICYMI: A Pocono Mountain raid and months of questions: How police finally made an arrest in the Idaho murders
After months of cryptic statements and unanswered questions, family and friends of the four students killed in Idaho in November have finally gotten a breakthrough.
Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead in a house near the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, Nov. 13, just hours after posting smiling photos on Instagram.
The case shocked the small university town of Moscow, Idaho, and drew media attention from around the world, but for nearly seven weeks, police appeared to have no suspects and released little information about what they knew.
So how did we get here? This is a timeline of major events as far as we know them.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 07:15
Surviving roommate recounts Idaho killer’s chilling words
One of the roommates who survived the quadruple slaying of four University of Idaho students came face-to-face with the masked killer and overheard him telling his victims “I’m going to help you” before stabbing them to death, according to a newly released court indictment. documents.
On November 13, roommates Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin were brutally stabbed to death in an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho. Two other female roommates were also home at the time of the attack but were left unharmed.
Now, the documents reveal for the first time that one of the surviving roommates had a lucky escape from the killer when he walked right past her on the second floor of the home after he had just murdered four of her friends.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 06:15
Documents reveal Bryan Kohberger’s strange actions after alleged Idaho murders
Suspected killer Bryan Kohberger was caught dumping trash in his neighbor’s garbage can in the dead of night in the weeks after four University of Idaho students were brutally murdered, it has been revealed.
The internet had closed in on Mr Kohberger for weeks, and he was placed under police surveillance for four days before he was arrested at his family’s home in Pennsylvania on 30 December.
The surveillance team was tasked with both keeping an eye on the suspect so authorities could arrest him as soon as a warrant was obtained and obtaining a DNA sample for investigators to use to try to match him to DNA found at the crime scene.
Rachel Sharp has the story.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 05:15
READ: Documents explain police evidence on Idaho murder suspect
The affidavit is filled with gruesome new details about the Nov. 13 murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin — and what led investigators to identify Kohberger as the suspect.
Read the entire 18-page document here.
Josh Marcus8 January 2023 04:15
Will Bryan Kohberger get the death penalty?
Kaylee Goncalves’ parents Steve and Kristi Goncalves spoke to NewsNation Thursday night just hours after they faced their daughter’s accused killer Bryan Kohberger for the first time in Idaho court.
Goncalves said justice for his daughter would mean the death penalty for the 28-year-old criminology graduate student, saying “he has to pay” for what he allegedly did to Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
“If you want to play the part of God, you have to go and answer to him,” he said.
Josh Marcus8 January 2023 03:15