Idaho student killings – update: ‘Brilliant and clumsy’ suspect Bryan Kohberger ‘eager to be exonerated,’ says public defender

Idaho: Police arrest man for murder of four college students

A suspect arrested and charged Friday in connection with the murders of four University of Idaho students is “eager to be exonerated.”

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody in Pennsylvania Friday morning in connection with the quadruple murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin following an investigation by the Pennsylvania Police Department. Moscow, the FBI and the Idaho State Police.

At a news conference on Friday, Moscow police said more information about the circumstances leading to the arrest would be released once Mr. Kohberger appears in court in Idaho, as his warrant of The judgment will remain sealed until then in accordance with state law.

Mr Kohbrger’s attorney, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, has since revealed that the University of Washington criminology doctoral student intends to waive his extradition hearing January 3 in Keystone State to expedite his return to Idaho.

“Mr. Kohberger is eager to be cleared of these charges and looks forward to resolving these issues as soon as possible,” Mr. LaBar told CNN in a statement.

In the aftermath of the landmark arrest nearly seven weeks after the brutal stabbings, former friends and acquaintances of Mr Kohberger have provided details about his personality and his troubled past which is believed to have been marred by heroin addiction and weight issues.

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Parents of Idaho murder victim deserve space to grieve

“And a lot of people like to think about potential clues, conspiracies and theories for such a mystery, but not when four young people have been murdered in their bedand the police seem to be making no progress.

For more than six weeks, the plight of four young students – 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, 20-year-old Xana Kernodle and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin – captured the imagination of much of the America.

But the reality is that the victims’ parents will bear their loss for life, even after the fascination of the media and web sleuths wears off.

“Let’s hope that all of us – the media and the public – try to bear in mind the suffering the families will endure and give them the space and privacy to deal with it,” writes Andrew.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 1, 2023 08:00

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Moscow murders suspect Bryan Kohberger of ‘waiver of extradition hearing’

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody in Pennsylvania Friday morning in connection with the quadruple murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin following an investigation by the Pennsylvania Police Department. Moscow, the FBI and the Idaho State Police.

At a news conference on Friday, Moscow police said more information about the circumstances leading to the arrest would be released once Mr. Kohberger appears in court in Idaho, as his warrant of The judgment will remain sealed until then in accordance with state law.

Mr Kohbrger’s attorney, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, has since revealed that the University of Washington criminology doctoral student intends to waive his extradition hearing January 3 in Keystone State to expedite his return to Idaho.

The Independentby Andrea Blanco has the story:

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Community patience was running out before Idaho suspect was located

The families of the Idaho murder victims grew increasingly frustrated as police failed to locate a suspect.

Steve Goncalves, whose daughter Kaylee Goncalves was brutally stabbed along with her friends Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on November 13, told the New York Post three weeks after the murders, he turned to private investigators for help.

His decision to seek outside help stems from a lack of trust in the Moscow Police Department, which is working with the Idaho State Police and the FBI on the murders.

Mr Goncalves noted that one of the investigating officers was just a teenager when Moscow saw his last murder in 2015. “So they’re just plain inexperienced – and I don’t want anyone making mistakes in the case of my child,” he said.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 1, 2023 06:00

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University of Washington criminology student charged with quadruple murder

While police records revealed criminology student Bryan Kohberger was arrested in Scranton, Pennsylvania in connection with the stabbing deaths of the students in November, it emerged just six months ago that he had sought the opinions of former criminals to understand their decision-making processes.

He also wanted to know how they felt throughout the experience.

“Hello, my name is Bryan and I invite you to participate in a research project that seeks to understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making during the commission of a crime,” he wrote in May. in a post, since deleted, on Reddit.

“In particular, this study seeks to understand the story behind your most recent criminal offence, with a focus on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience.”

The Independent‘s Andrew Buncombe has the story:

Andrea BlancoJanuary 1, 2023 05:00

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Idaho murder suspect is a doctoral student in criminology

According to the Washington State University website, Mr. Kohberger is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in Pullman, Washington.

Pullman is about 15 miles west of Moscow, Idaho, where the students lived.

Bryan Kohberger, a criminology student at Washington State University, was arrested for the murders of four University of Idaho students, according to court documents.

According to school records online, Mr. Kohberger earned an associate of arts degree in 2018 from Northampton Community College in Albrightsville and this year earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from DeSales University.

He was working part-time as a security guard until August 2021 in the Pleasant Valley School District, where his mother was listed as a paraprofessional.

Her sister, Amanda, also graduated from Pleasant Valley High School, according to her Facebook page.

She now works as a behavior technician and therapist in Bethlehem while her other sister, Melissa, is a therapist in New Jersey.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 1, 2023 04:00

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Bryan Kohberger’s classmates say he was bullied at school before personality change

Former friends of a criminology doctoral student accused of murdering four University of Idaho students described him as a socially awkward, bullied and academically gifted young man who changed his personality in high school .

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody in Pennsylvania Friday morning in connection with the quadruple murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin following an investigation by the Pennsylvania Police Department. Moscow, the FBI and the Idaho State Police.

According to the Washington State University website, Mr. Kohberger is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in Pullman, Washington, about 15 km west of Moscow, where the students lived and have been murdered.

In the aftermath of the landmark arrest nearly seven weeks after the brutal stabbings, former friends and acquaintances of Mr Kohberger have provided details about his personality and his troubled past marked by heroin addiction and issues weight.

Andrea Blanco to the story:

Andrea BlancoJanuary 1, 2023 03:00

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Kaylee Goncalves’ family see ‘ties’ to Bryan Kohberger after arrest

The family of one of four people killed at the University of Idaho said they see links between their daughter and the suspect arrested in her murder.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, a criminology student at Washington State University, was arrested by FBI agents and Pennsylvania State Police officers near the Pocono Mountains early Friday morning, according to documents obtained by The Independent.

He is being held for extradition following four first-degree murder complaints filed by Moscow police. Mr Kohberger’s arrest is the first significant breakthrough in the November 13 murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

Now, Goncalves’ family have told ABC News that while they don’t know the suspect, they have begun to see links between their daughter and Mr. Kohberger. They told the network they weren’t ready to discuss the relationship but were “happy, relieved and grateful.”

(Kaylee Gonçalves IG)

Andrea BlancoJanuary 1, 2023 02:00

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How the Idaho murders gripped the nation

The murders baffled law enforcement, with investigators unable to identify a suspect or locate a murder weapon for a month and a half.

The first major breakthrough came when police asked for the public’s help in locating a white sedan spotted near the scene of the murders.

The Moscow Police Department said it received more than 13,000 phone tips related to the case, in addition to thousands of submissions through its website.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 1, 2023 01:00

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Grieving families of slain University of Idaho students thank police

The grieving families of two of the four slain University of Idaho students have spoken of a landmark arrest in the murder investigation.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested by FBI agents and Pennsylvania State Police officers near the Pocono Mountains early Friday morning, according to documents obtained by The Independent.

The Independentby Andrea Blanco has the story:

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Genetic genealogy led investigators to the suspect

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody in Pennsylvania Friday morning in connection with the quadruple murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin following an investigation by the Pennsylvania Police Department. Moscow, the FBI and the Idaho State Police.

According to a CNN report, investigators identified suspect Bryan Kohberger after finding DNA at the crime scene.

The found sample was then compared to the DNA of potential family members on a public database, a source told the network.

Officers then used investigative work to track Mr. Kohberger.

Andrea BlancoDecember 31, 2022 11:00 p.m.

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