Idaho suspect agrees to extradition for murder – many questions remain

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Herr Kohberger appears in front of the prison

Despite the arrest of a man accused of killing four University of Idaho students, investigators have yet to release many details about how he was caught.

28-year-old criminology student Bryan Kohberger appeared in court in Pennsylvania, where he told a judge he would not fight extradition to Idaho.

His arrest brought some relief to Moscow, a university town traumatized by the killing six weeks earlier.

But the public has yet to learn what evidence led the police to him.

University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were found dead in their beds on November 13th.

Amid criticism from the community and the victims’ parents, police issued a lead last month asking the public for help in locating a white Hyundai Elantra. The car was seen near the house where the students were found stabbed in their beds.

After the arrest on Thursday, the police announced that the Elantra had been located. But the murder weapon – described as a “fixed blade knife” – has not been found.

Officials have not yet said anything about Mr Kohberger’s alleged motive – or how, if at all, he knew the four victims.

On Tuesday, he was seen arriving at court in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, wearing a red prison jumpsuit and handcuffed. He did not answer questions shouted by reporters.

During the hearing, he told the judge he was not taking any medication that would impair his judgment and told his family members in attendance, “I love you,” according to ABC News.

The probable cause affidavit, which will include the grounds for his arrest, will remain sealed until he appears in court in Idaho to be formally charged, according to Bill Thompson, the Latah County prosecutor, Idaho.

Madison Mogen (L) and Xana Kernodle

A court-appointed attorney in Pennsylvania, the suspect’s home state where he is being held, said officials would travel there from Idaho to pick up Mr. Kohberger and bring him back to Idaho “pretty soon.”

The details of the extradition procedure are generally kept secret for security reasons.

Once in Idaho, he will meet with a new attorney there and eventually a trial date will be set. Officials have already announced that they will charge him with four counts of involuntary manslaughter and robbery.

The suspect studied criminology

Since many details of the case are still unknown, attention was drawn to Mr. Kohberger’s criminological studies. Officials confirmed Friday that the suspect was a graduate student in criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University, just a few miles from Moscow.

He recently moved to Idaho after earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology from DeSales University, a Catholic school in Pennsylvania, earlier this year.

In a post on Reddit that was removed after his arrest, a person identified as Bryan Kohberger and associated with DeSales was recruiting participants for a research project “to understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision making decisions in… influence the commission of a crime” .

“Specifically, this study seeks to understand the story behind your recent crime, with a focus on your thoughts and feelings during your experience,” the post reads.

Neither the police nor the university confirmed that the mail came from the suspect.

Kohberger graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania in 2012 and later returned to work as a security guard. A 2018 local news report mentioned how he helped save the life of a faculty member there after she suffered an asthma attack.

The suspect’s lawyer, Jason LaBar, told American media that Kohberger’s father flew to Idaho to take him back to Pennsylvania after his semester at Washington State University ended in December. He told NBC that he talked to the father about the trip between cities. “Everything was ordinary and he didn’t see anything unusual about it,” he said.

Former classmates told the New York Times that Mr. Kohberger was the “black sheep” of his graduate program and that he made some fellow students uncomfortable.

In a statement Sunday, Mr. Kohberger’s family said they felt for the families of the Idaho victims, adding that they “will love and support our son and our brothers… and will promote his assumption of -innocence.”


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