Idaho’s BOISE (AP) — According to authorities, the suspect in the November killings of four University of Idaho students has left a Pennsylvania jail and is now in the hands of state police. This might imply that he is on his way to Idaho to stand trial for first-degree murder.
A little distance from the murder site across the state line, Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old doctorate student at Washington State University, told the judge on Tuesday that he wouldn’t object to extradition to Idaho.
Due to security concerns, a representative for the Pennsylvania State Police declined to provide any more information on Kohberger’s extradition status.
Little information about the investigation has been made public by the authorities, and an Idaho judge has issued a gag order that prevents police and attorneys from discussing the case. But once Kohberger gets to Idaho, it’s anticipated that court documents, including one outlining Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson’s justifications for charging Kohburger with the crimes, would be made public.
At his parents’ residence in the eastern Pennsylvanian community of Chestnuthill Township, Kohberger was detained last week.
The University of Idaho campus neighborhood was shaken by the late-night attack at a nearby residence while police were perplexed by the vicious stabbings. However, after looking for a white vehicle that was spotted close to the time of the deaths and examining DNA evidence gathered from the crime scene, investigators seemed to make progress.
Investigators have stated that they are still looking for a motive and the attack’s weapon.
The deaths of Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho, Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho, Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Mogen, 21, of Xana, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho, were discovered Nov. 13 in the rental property where the ladies lived. Chapin had come over to the house that evening; the two were dating.
Prosecutors in Latah County, Idaho, have stated that they think Kohberger broke into the victim’s house with the intent to kill them.
Kohberger should be assumed innocent and “not prosecuted in the court of public opinion,” according to Jason LaBar, the lead public defender in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Kohberger is ready to be cleared.
Kohberger will be defended by the top public defender in Kootenai County, Idaho, following his extradition, according to LaBar, who called him “an average person” during the hearing on Tuesday.