Idaho homicide suspect Bryan Kohberger appears in court for the first time
Friends and acquaintances begin to share details about Idaho homicide suspect Bryan Kohberger.
The 28-year-old graduate student was reportedly somewhat quiet, having previously struggled with obesity and drug use.
Recently released court documents provide additional details to the picture.
An affidavit reveals Kohberger 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 OK, I’ll help you.”
Dylan Mortensen told police she saw an intruder in her Moscow home at 4 a.m., but didn’t call 911 for another eight hours.
A lawyer for the Goncalves family told Fox News that Mortensen had been “scared to death, and rightfully so.”
Meanwhile, criminology classmates told Mr. Kohberger Idaho Statesman he would become silent when the murders were brought up in class.
Read Bryan Kohberger’s arrest affidavit for the Idaho murders in full
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.
More details in our full report on the documents.
Josh Marcus9 January 2023 05:15
Bryan Kohberger could 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.
The devastated father said he will eventually “forgive” his daughter’s killer, but said life in prison is not enough for his alleged crimes.
Rachel Sharp have the details.
Josh Marcus9 January 2023 04:15
Unanswered questions in the Idaho murder case
For nearly eight weeks, the families of four slain University of Idaho students have waited in agony for answers about the unspeakable murders.
Hope for some clarity finally came last week with the arrest of Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old graduate student in criminal justice at Washington State University. Days later, the probable cause affidavit outlining what prompted authorities to charge Kohberger was released, revealing gruesome details about the Nov. 13 murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in the university town of Moscow.
Among the revelations in the 18-page document is that Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath that the killer left behind at the scene. The tan Kabar knife sheath, which bore the United States Marine Corps insignia, was discovered on Mogen’s bed next to her butchered body.
Mr. Kohberger’s DNA was found on the vagina, and investigators were able to trace it to him by matching it with DNA found on trash taken from the family’s home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, the affidavit said.
Kohberger was also linked to the murders through his white Hyundai Elantra and through cellphone data.
But with all the new information outlined in the bombshell document came even more questions. Here they are.
Josh Marcus9 January 2023 03:15
How a criminology student became an accused murderer
Bryan Christopher Kohberger had been working as a part-time security officer for the Pleasant Valley School District, where his mother was employed, when a hall monitor — a grandmother — began having trouble breathing and losing consciousness. According to the Pocono Record, security guard Luis Fuentes sent Kohberger to retrieve the school’s defibrillator while co-workers and emergency personnel tended to their colleague.
Disaster was averted – but the incident still made it to the local newspaper in the small Pennsylvania town where Kohberger grew up with his parents, Michael and Maryann, and two sisters, Amanda and Melissa. It would mark one of the few times Bryan Kohberger’s name appeared online — until he was arrested Dec. 30 for the murders of Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21.
Speculation and rumors had swirled exponentially for nearly seven weeks before Kohberger’s arrest, as conspirators and armchair detectives painted all kinds of pictures of the students’ then-unknown killer. But the tall, thin, bushy PhD student who was handcuffed by the police seemed to catch everyone off guard as he was led around and stared blankly into the mug.
He is familiar with mugshots. He has spent years of his life studying them.
Bryan Kohberger devoted his life to the study of crime. Now the tables have turned
Bryan Kohberger became a household name when he was arrested on December 30 in Pennsylvania for the murders of four students at the University of Idaho. People from his past – though shocked – build an image of a bullied loner who can be aggressive; fellow students from his time in Idaho describe a criminology zealot who ‘tricked people out.’ As he faces trial accused of shocking crimes, Sheila Flynn asks: Who really is Bryan Kohberger?
Josh MarcusJanuary 9, 2023 02:15
Blood-stained mattresses and other furniture removed from the house in Idaho where four students were murdered
The removal involved a bed frame and at least two mattresses, where dark stains were visible through plastic wrap, New York Post reports.
Forensic work has been ongoing for weeks at the home where Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were killed.
Josh MarcusJanuary 9, 2023 01:15
Bryan Kohberger joked about murder inside Pennsylvania prison, source says
Bryan Kohberger appeared to have made light of the University of Idaho murders while he was in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition as the prime suspect.
A fellow inmate asked the 28-year-old why he killed the four students.
Kohberger reportedly denied carrying out the murders, but later appeared to make a joke about them, saying he was in Idaho late at night when the murders occurred because “the shopping is better in Idaho.”
An anonymous source at the Monroe County Correctional Facility provided the account of the exchange to NewsNation.
Josh Marcus9 January 2023 00:15
The Idaho house remains a crime scene until February
The house where four University of Idaho students were murdered in November will remain closed until at least February 1, KBOI reports.
In Idaho court, a judge granted suspect Bryan Kohberger’s requests that Latah County prosecutors preserve all evidence in their custody and notify the defense if it seeks any testing or examination that could be damaging.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 11:45 p.m
The real lesson we should take from the Idaho murders
People across Idaho and the country have followed the investigation into the November murders of four University of Idaho students with great interest.
But to the Voice’s columnist Andrew Buncombesome of the masses misunderstand a central element of the case and why it matters
Read his full article to learn more.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 11:15 p.m
The controversial DNA technique that helped police catch Bryan Kohberger
Police used a new, and somewhat controversial, DNA analysis technique to catch Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger.
When they found the 28-year-old’s DNA on a knife sheath at the crime scene, officials turned to genetic genealogy, where investigators upload DNA to online databases and search for a match, using their findings to build a potential family tree and hunt for witnesses and suspects.
The practice, as Vox reports, is not yet in widespread use, and is only supported by two mainstream genealogy websites.
However, the technique has been used to solve high-profile cases such as the Golden State Killer.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 10:45 p.m
Former employee remembers Bryan Kohberger’s drug use
Rich Pasqua, a former friend of the Idaho murder suspect, shares details about the 28-year-old, including Kohberger’s alleged past heroin use.
“I’ve been clean for six years now,” Pasqua told Fox News. “I work with treatment and everything, but back then I was using. And that’s how I know he used. I’ve been high with him a couple of times and spent with him.”
“I met him through some friends and they told me he was a bit weird and he was a bit socially awkward, you might say, but he wasn’t a bad guy,” he added. “He needed a job, so I was working at a pizza place at the time and they were hiring and I said, ‘Yeah, come in and apply.’ And he did, and he got the job. So I worked with him for a little while, but he was quiet.”
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 10:15 p.m