Idaho murders latest updates: Bryan Kohberger seen with facial slits during trial as next court date set

Idaho murders latest updates: Bryan Kohberger seen with facial slits during trial as next court date set

Idaho murders latest updates: Bryan Kohberger seen with facial slits during trial as next court date set

Bryan Kohberger makes his first appearance in an Idaho court

Murder suspect Bryan Kohberger appeared in court today charged with murdering four University of Idaho students in a brutal knife attack on November 13.

Wearing an orange T-shirt and with a few minor scratches on his face, the 28-year-old criminology doctoral student agreed to waive his right to a speedy preliminary hearing scheduled for June 26 at the request of his lawyer.

Until then, Mr. Kohberger will be held behind bars at the Latah County Jail after being denied bail a second time.

His appearance in court coincided with the start of the spring term at the University of Idaho, when many students returned to campus for the first time since the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

Several students expressed relief that the suspect is now behind bars, with sophomore Ryder Paslay telling KXLY that he was “breathing [a] a sigh of relief, and I’m pretty sure my mom did the same,” when news of Mr. Kohberger’s arrest broke out.

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Bryan Kohberger’s handwritten comments on stabbings

A law enforcement source said People that the 28-year-old criminology doctoral student spoke to officers about the case, saying it was “sad what happened” to Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

“He said, ‘It’s really sad what happened to them,’ but he didn’t say anything else. He’s smarter,” said a source who was involved in the extradition process for the accused killer.

Mr. Kohberger appeared “really nervous” on the return trip to Moscow and spoke aloud to himself, apparently trying to calm down, the source added.

“He seemed really nervous. He told himself everything that was going on,” they said.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 13, 2023 07:00

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The mother of an Idaho murder victim writes a touching tribute

Ethan Chapin’s mother, Stacy Wells Chapin, remembered her son as a loving and carefree young man who touched countless lives before he was brutally murdered on November 13. Chapin’s girlfriend, Xana Kernodle, and her roommates Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were also killed in the attack.

Moscow police, Idaho State Police and the FBI conducted an investigation that eventually led to the December 30 arrest in Pennsylvania of Bryan Kohberger, a doctoral student in criminal law at Washington State University. A sworn affidavit into Mr. Kohberger’s arrest, released last week after his extradition to Idaho, revealed that law enforcement found his DNA in a knife sheath left next to one of the victim’s bodies.

On Wednesday, Ms Chapin revealed that her two surviving triplets had returned to Moscow. She said she hoped they could now focus on their goals after experiencing an unimaginable tragedy and thanked law enforcement for their diligent work in supporting her family in the aftermath of the murders.

“Yesterday we successfully dropped them back at the University of Idaho. Hunter was so happy to be back in sorority and Maizie was warming to the idea but it was so good to hear all the girls squeal when they saw her,” Ms Chapin wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

She added: “It was good for this mom’s heart to hear that!! The support from the University of Idaho and MPD/ISP has been tremendous. Maizie and Hunter are rock stars and we couldn’t be more proud of them. Their job is fair now [to] be children. Start where they left off. Remember your goals and aspirations.

Ethan Chapin and his siblings, Hunter and Maizie

Andrea BlancoJanuary 13, 2023 06:00

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A new explanation emerges for the mysterious 911 call that alerted police to student murders in Idaho

A 911 call alerting law enforcement about the murder of four University of Idaho students has long been shrouded in mystery after Moscow police said the caller initially reported an “unconscious person” in the house.

The call was made from the cell phone of one of the two surviving roommates around 11:58 a.m. on November 13, and the dispatcher spoke to multiple people.

Since then, questions have persisted as to why the caller reported an “unconscious person” when officials described the crime scene as one of the worst they had ever seen.

IndependentRachel Sharp tells the story:

Andrea BlancoJanuary 13, 2023 05:00

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Bryan Kohberger appeared in court with ‘shaving’ wounds on his face as he waived his right to a speedy trial

Wearing an orange T-shirt and with unexplained marks on his face, Mr. Kohberger spoke only to say “yes” when asked if he understood his rights to a speedy preliminary hearing within the next 14 days and if he was willing to waive those rights.

Mr Kohberger’s public defender, Anne Taylor, subsequently requested that his next hearing be rescheduled to June.

The prosecution granted the request, and the judge set a preliminary hearing for the week beginning June 26.

The marks on his face were “from this morning’s shave.” NewsNation reporter Brian Entin said the sheriff told him.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 13, 2023 04:00

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VOICES: The amazing online world of an Idaho murder case

The list of conspiracies surrounding the Idaho murder case is long.

Even now that Bryan Kohberger is in police custody, the internet rumor mill shows no sign of winding down

Andrea BlancoJanuary 13, 2023 03:00

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Why did the killer spare the two surviving roommates?

The question remains as to why the killer stabbed four students to death and then spared the two surviving roommates.

The roommate identified as DM even saw the killer leave the crime scene but remained unharmed.

It’s not clear if the killer saw her or she was just lucky because he didn’t notice her in the dark house.

It also raises the question of whether he planned to kill all four victims, or whether some of the victims were treated as collateral damage in the horrific attack.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 13, 2023 02:00

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Who is the man accused of murdering four University of Idaho students?

Bryan Kohberger became a household name after being arrested on December 30 in Pennsylvania for the murder of four University of Idaho students.

People from his past – though shaken – build the image of a bullied loner who can be aggressive; colleagues from his time in Idaho describe a criminology fanatic who “terrified people”.

When he stands before a court accused of shocking crimes, Independent’p Sheila Flynn asks: Who really is Bryan Kohberger?

Bryan Kohberger has dedicated his life to crime research. Now the situation has reversed

Bryan Kohberger became a household name after being arrested on December 30 in Pennsylvania for the murder of four University of Idaho students. People from his past – though shaken – build the image of a bullied loner who can be aggressive; colleagues from his time in Idaho describe a criminology fanatic who “terrified people”. As he faces trial accused of shocking crimes, Sheila Flynn asks: Who is Bryan Kohberger really?

Andrea BlancoJanuary 13, 2023 01:00

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Bereaved family’s lawyer says roommate was ‘scared to death’ of intruder

The surviving roommate of the four killed University of Idaho students was “scared to death” after seeing an intruder in their Moscow home, a lawyer for one of the victims’ families says.

Dylan Mortensen, 21, told police she saw a masked figure dressed in black pass by her at 4 a.m. the night of the four students’ murder, but did not call 911 for another eight hours. A chilling detail was revealed in an affidavit released after suspect Bryan Kohberger appeared in an Idaho court to face murder charges last Thursday.

Shannon Gray, who represents the Kaylee Goncalves family, told Fox News that Ms Mortenson was “scared to death and rightly so.”

“This guy just murdered four people in a house,” Gray said.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 13, 2023 00:00

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Why did Bryan Kohberger change the number plates on his white Hyundai Elantra?

Bryan Kohberger is reported to have changed the license plate on his Hyundai Elantra just days after murdering four University of Idaho students.

The suspect’s car had Pennsylvania license plates when it was stopped by police in Moscow, Idaho, in August, according to a quote from the Latah County Sheriff’s Office.

Bevan Hurley of The Independent tells the story:

Andrea BlancoJanuary 12, 2023 22:31

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Bodycam shows Kaylee Goncalves three months before the murders

Newly released body cam footage has revealed victim Kaylee Goncalves talking to officers in response to a noise complaint at a sorority home three months before her murder.

Footage shared by CourtTV shows Moscow police officers responding to a house on King Road in Moscow on August 16 after complaining about an alleged party.

In the video, Goncalves is seen leaving the house to meet the officers, who ask her why she thinks they were called.

“I bet noise,” he replies.

Officers confirm they are there regarding a noise complaint and have a short, hearty chat with the 21-year-old, who is polite throughout.

Goncalves receives a verbal warning from an officer who says that if they have to return, he will be ticketed for $300.

“Then I’ll take your data, and if I have to come back here, you’ll have a $300 ticket. I’d rather spend that $300 on a beer or something fun than a noise ticket,” he says.

Three months later, the police were called back to the house to find Goncalves and her three friends murdered.

Andrea BlancoJanuary 12, 2023 21:34

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