Idaho murder suspect ‘shocked’ by arrest and ‘eager to be exonerated’

  • The public defender representing the suspect in the Idaho murders said his client was “shocked”.
  • Bryan Kohberger, 28, was arrested Friday at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania.
  • He is charged with the first degree murder of four University of Idaho students.

The suspect in the Nov. 13 murders of four University of Idaho students is “a bit shocked” by the allegations against him, his attorney told CNN on Saturday.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, was arrested Friday at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania and is being held without bond until he can be extradited to Idaho. Kohberger has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary in the death of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Gonçalves, 21.

The four victims were found stabbed to death in the house they were renting near the University of Idaho campus, sparking weeks of fear and speculation among the campus community as authorities searched for a suspect .

Kohberger is “looking forward to being cleared of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as quickly as possible,” according to a statement provided to media by the attorney currently representing Kohberger in his Pennsylvania extradition proceedings, the public defender Monroe County Chief Jason LaBar. .

LaBar also announced that Kohberger would not contest his extradition to Idaho. He reminded the public that Kohberger could be “charged with very serious crimes”, but “should be presumed innocent until proven guilty – and not tried in the court of public opinion”.

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This photo provided by the Monroe County Correctional Facility (Pennsylvania) shows Bryan Kohberger.

Monroe County Correctional Facility (Pennsylvania) via Associated Press

LaBar also told CNN in an interview that he recommended Kohberger undergo a psychological test before the court proceedings began. He said Kohberger was currently being held alone in a cell and was “monitored around the clock by the guards there to ensure his safety.”

A photo of Kohberger provided to media on Friday showed Kohberger wearing a suicide prevention gown. He is being held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania and a hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

LaBar told CBS News that while Kohberger will waive his extradition hearing, he will still have to appear before a judge to sign documents. LaBar estimated Kohberger could be returned to Idaho in as little as 72 hours after Tuesday’s hearing.

“I imagine it’s going to happen pretty quickly,” LaBar said.

LaBar added that he doesn’t have much to share about the Kohberger investigation because he hasn’t received a probable cause affidavit and is only representing the suspect for the extradition side of the criminal case.

He told CNN that Kohberger arrived at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania around December 17 to spend the holidays with them. LaBar said Kohberger’s father traveled to Idaho and they both returned to Pennsylvania together. He said Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra was discovered at his parents’ home and that Kohberger and his father cooperated with authorities in Friday’s arrest.

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