Moscow murders suspect Bryan Kohberger ‘wasting extradition hearing’ to expedite return to Idaho

A suspect in the murders of four University of Idaho students reportedly intends to voluntarily return to the state after his arrest in Pennsylvania.

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.

According to Mr. LaBar, Mr. Kohberger’s father had picked him up from Idaho and returned with him to Pennsylvania to celebrate the holidays.

Mr. LaBar only represents Mr. Kohberger prior to his extradition to Idaho. He said his client and his family cooperated with police after officers raided their home around 3am on Friday.

“They are also very shocked,” Mr. LaBar told CNN. “Out of character for Bryan… The FBI, local police, Idaho State Troopers were home around 3am yesterday, knocking on the door and announcing they had to come in, in shock and awe for them.”

Mr. LaBar also told ABC: “Mr. Kohberger has been charged with very serious crimes, but the American justice system covers him with a veil of innocence… He should be presumed innocent until proven guilty – and not judged by the court of public opinion.”

(AP)

Mr. Kohberger is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in Pullman, Wash., about nine miles west of Moscow, where the students lived and were murdered.

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

On Friday, Moscow Police Chief Fry said state law prevented him from revealing what informed police of Kohberger’s arrest until the suspect is extradited to the Idaho.

“We have an individual in custody who committed these horrific crimes, and I believe the community is safe,” Fry said.

The murder weapon has yet to be found and Mr. Fry urged anyone who knows Kohberger to contact authorities for any information on the suspect.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, took this photo together hours before they died.

(Instagram/Kaylee Gonçalves)

Prior to his arrest, Mr Fry said the department received more than 19,000 tips and conducted 300 interviews.

“These murders have shaken our community and no amount of arrests could ever bring these young students back,” he said.

He said authorities had located a Hyundai Elantra that had been spotted near the students’ apartment the night they died.

“Rest assured that the work is not finished, it has only just begun,” he said.

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