Suspect in Idaho killings says he will not fight extradition : NPR

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Boise State University students, along with people who knew the four University of Idaho students who were found murdered in Moscow, Idaho, in November, pay their respects at a vigil in -17 November.

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Boise State University students, along with people who knew the four University of Idaho students who were found murdered in Moscow, Idaho, in November, pay their respects at a vigil in -17 November.

Sarah A. Miller/AP

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Relatives of a man arrested in Pennsylvania in the murder of four University of Idaho students expressed sympathy for the families of the victims but also promised to support him and promote “the presumption of his innocence”.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, is eager to be exonerated and plans to tell a judge Tuesday in Pennsylvania that he will not fight extradition to Idaho, his public defender, Jason LaBar, said.

Kohberger, a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, was taken into custody early Friday by state police at the home of his parents in Chestnuthill Township in eastern Pennsylvania, authorities said.

His parents, Michael and Maryann, and his two older sisters, Amanda and Melissa, said in a statement released Sunday by his lawyer that they “go out of their way for the four families who have lost their precious children. M “there are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel, and we pray every day for them”.

The family said that the relatives will continue to let the legal process unfold, and that “as a family we will love and support our son and our brothers”. They say they cooperated fully with law enforcement to try to “seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than judging unknown facts and making wrong assumptions.”

LaBar, the public defender in Monroe County, Idaho, urged people not to pass judgment until a fair trial.

“Mr. Kohberger has been accused of very serious crimes, but the American justice system covers him in a veil of innocence,” LaBar said in a statement. “He should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise – not tried in the court of public opinion.”

Capt. Anthony Dahlinger of the Moscow Police Department in Idaho told The Associated Press on Saturday that authorities believe Kohberger was responsible for the four murders. “We believe we have our man,” he said.

Bill Thompson, a prosecutor in Latah County, Idaho, said at a news conference Friday that investigators believe Kohberger entered the University of Idaho student’s home near the campus “with the intent to commit murder.” The victims’ bodies were found on November 13, several hours after investigators believed they had died.

The students – Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20 years old from Post Falls, Idaho; and Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington — were members of the university’s Greek system and close friends. Mogen, Goncalves and Kernodle lived in the three-story rental house with two other roommates. Kernodle and Chapin were dating, and he was visiting the house that night.

The autopsies showed that the four were probably asleep when they were attacked. Some had defensive wounds and each was stabbed several times. There were no signs of sexual assault, police said.

Latah County prosecutors said the affidavit for four counts of first-degree murder in Idaho will remain sealed pending its return. He is also charged with theft in Idaho. Many details of the case are expected to be released after Kohberger’s first appearance in an Idaho courtroom, Dahlinger said.

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