The alleged Idaho murders Bryan Kohberger is on trial for the first time
Friends and acquaintances begin exchanging details about Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger.
The 28-year-old PhD student was reportedly a bit quiet and had a history of obesity and drug use.
Recently released court documents provide more details about the image.
An affidavit reveals Mr Kohberger was linked to the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin after his DNA was found on a knife sheath left at the scene by the killer.
Cellphone data also shows Mr Kohberger appears to have haunted the house at least 12 times in the run-up to the Nov. 13 attack – and that he returned to the scene about five hours after the stabbing.
For the first time, it emerged that one of the two surviving roommates overheard his chilling last words to the victims: “It’s okay, I’ll help you.”
Dylan Mortensen told police they saw an intruder at the home in Moscow at 4 a.m. but did not call 911 for eight hours.
A lawyer for the Goncalves family told Fox News Ms Mortensen was “scared to death, and rightly so”.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kohberger’s classmates in criminology told the story Statesman of Idaho he would fall silent when the murders were brought up in class.
Read the full affidavit on Bryan Kohberger’s arrest in the Idaho killings
The affidavit is full of chilling new details about the November 13 murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin – and what led investigators to identify Mr Kohberger as a suspect.
More details in our full report on the documents.
Josh MarcusJanuary 9, 2023 5:15 am
Bryan Kohberger faces the death penalty
Kaylee Goncalves’ parents, Steve and Kristi Goncalves, spoke to NewsNation Thursday night just hours after they first faced their daughter’s accused killer, Bryan Kohberger, in court in Idaho.
Mr Goncalves said justice for his daughter would mean the death penalty for the 28-year-old criminology PhD student, saying that “he must pay” for what he allegedly did to Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
“If you want to play God’s part, you have to answer him,” he said.
The devastated father said he will eventually “forgive” his daughter’s killer but said life in prison for his alleged crimes is not enough.
Rachel Sharp has the details.
Josh MarcusJanuary 9, 2023 4:15 am
Unanswered questions in the Idaho murders case
For nearly eight weeks, the families of four murdered University of Idaho students have waited anguished for answers about the unspeakable murders.
Hopes of finally getting some clarity came last week with the arrest of Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminal justice graduate student at Washington State University. Days later, the probable cause affidavit that laid out what prompted authorities to charge Mr Kohberger was released, revealing chilling details about the Nov. 13 murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in college town Moscow.
Revelations in the 18-page document include that Mr Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath left at the scene by the killer. The tan leather Kabar knife sheath bearing the United States Marine Corps symbol was discovered on Mogen’s bed next to her butchered body.
Mr. Kohberger’s DNA was found on the vagina, and investigators were able to trace it back to him by matching it to DNA found on trash recovered from his family home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, the affidavit said Explanation.
Mr. Kohberger has also been linked to the murders through his white Hyundai Elantra and cell phone data.
But along with all of the new information outlined in the bombshell document came more questions. Here you are.
Josh MarcusJanuary 9, 2023 3:15 am
How a criminology student became an accused murderer
Bryan Christopher Kohberger had been working as a part-time security guard for the Pleasant Valley School District, where his mother was a staff member, when a hall attendant — a grandmother — began having trouble breathing and losing consciousness. According to the Pocono Record, security guard Luis Fuentes dispatched Mr. Kohberger to retrieve the school’s AED while colleagues and emergency responders tended to their colleague.
Disaster was averted — but the incident still made the local paper in the small town of Pennsylvania, where Mr. Kohberger grew up with his parents, Michael and Maryann, and two sisters, Amanda and Melissa. It was one of the few times Bryan Kohberger’s name appeared online — until he was arrested on December 30 for the murder of Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21.
Speculation and rumors had swirled exponentially nearly seven weeks before Mr Kohberger’s arrest, as conspiracy theorists and investigators painted all sorts of pictures of the then-unknown killer of the students. But the tall, skinny, bushy-browed graduate student who was handcuffed by police seemed to catch everyone off guard as he was coyly led around and stared blankly at his mug shot.
He knows about mug shots. He has spent years of his life studying them.
Bryan Kohberger dedicated his life to crime research. Now the tide has turned
Bryan Kohberger became a household name after his December 30 arrest in Pennsylvania for the killing of four University of Idaho students. People from his past – although shocked – paint a picture of a bullied loner who might be aggressive; Classmates from his Idaho days describe a criminology zealot who “sneaks people out.” As he faces trial for shocking crimes, Sheila Flynn asks: Who is Bryan Kohberger really?
Josh MarcusJanuary 9, 2023 2:15 am
Blood-stained mattresses and other furniture were removed from an Idaho home where four students were murdered
The removal involved a bed frame and at least two mattresses, which had dark stains visible through plastic sheeting New York Post reports.
Forensic work at the home where Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were killed has been suspended for weeks.
Josh MarcusJanuary 9, 2023 1:15 am
Bryan Kohberger joked about murders at the Pennsylvania prison, a source says
Bryan Kohberger reportedly appeared to shed light on the University of Idaho killings while in Pennsylvania as the prime suspect awaiting extradition.
A fellow inmate asked the 28-year-old why he killed the four students.
Mr. Kohberger reportedly denied carrying out the murders, but later appeared to joke about it, saying he was in Idaho late on the night of the killings because “Idaho is better for shopping.”
An anonymous source inside the Monroe County Correctional Facility provided NewsNation with the report of the exchange.
Josh MarcusJanuary 9, 2023 00:15
Idaho home remains crime scene through February
The home where four University of Idaho students were murdered in November will remain closed until at least February 1, reports KBOI.
In an Idaho court, a judge accepted suspect Bryan Kohberger’s requests that the Latah County prosecutor retain all evidence in their custody and notify the defense if they seek tests or investigations that could be destructive.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 11:45 p.m
The real lesson to be learned from the Idaho murders
People across Idaho and across the country have followed with keen interest the investigation into the November murder of four University of Idaho students.
But to the Voices columnist Andrew Buncombesome of the masses misunderstand a key element of the case and why it is important
Read his full play to find out more.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 11:15 p.m
The controversial DNA technique that helped police catch Bryan Kohberger
Police used a new and, in part, controversial DNA analysis technique to catch Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger.
After finding the 28-year-old’s DNA on a knife sheath at the crime scene, officers turned their attention to genetic genealogy, in which investigators upload DNA to online databases and look for a match to use their findings to create a potential family tree and Hunt for witnesses and suspects.
As Vox reports, this practice is not yet widespread and is only supported by two mainstream genealogy websites.
However, the technique has been used to solve high-profile cases like that of the Golden State Killer.
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 10:45 p.m
The former employee recalls Bryan Kohberger’s drug use
Rich Pasqua, a former friend of the alleged Idaho murder, is sharing details about the 28-year-old, including Mr. Kohberger’s alleged past heroin use.
“I’ve been clean for six years now,” Mr. Pasqua told Fox News. “I work in treatment and stuff, but back then I was on drugs. And that’s how I know for sure that he used it. I’ve been high with him a few times and used with him.”
“I met him through some friends and they told me he was a little bit weird and a little bit socially awkward, I guess you could say, but he wasn’t a bad guy,” he added. “He needed a job, so I was working at a pizza shop at the time and they were hiring and I said, ‘Yeah, come in and apply.’ And he did, and he got the job. So I worked with him a little bit, but he was still calm.”
Josh MarcusJanuary 8, 2023 10:15 p.m