Madison ‘Maddie’ Mogen’s father ‘broken down’ after learning of Bryan Kohberger’s arrest

Madison ‘Maddie’ Mogen’s father ‘broken down’ after learning of Bryan Kohberger’s arrest

Madison ‘Maddie’ Mogen’s father ‘broken down’ after learning of Bryan Kohberger’s arrest

The distraught father of the slain University of Idaho student, Madison Mogen, said he simply “broken down and cried” when he learned that the man accused of killing his daughter had been arrested by the police.

Ben Mogen clung to the hope that the killer who brutally stabbed his daughter, along with her friends Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, would be brought to justice.

Finally, seven weeks after the November 13 murder, the investigator broke the news that the suspect – Bryan Kohberger – had finally been arrested and charged with the murder.

Mr. Mogen told of the moment he learned of the breakthrough in the case on ABC “Good morning America” this week.

“He said, ‘Ben, this is the moment we’ve been waiting for,’ said the officer.

“I just broke down and just cried.”

The grieving father said the news of Mr Kohberger’s arrest was like “an enormous burden that has been lifted”.

However, despite his relief, he revealed that he was unable to read the full statement on Mr Kohberger’s arrest – a document that provides chilling details of the horrific murders and explains what led investigators to the suspect.

“I could only take so much,” he said of the documentary.

“I still haven’t read the rest.”

A sworn affidavit released last week when Kohberger was extradited to Moscow, Idaho, reveals how his daughter and her best friend Goncalves were found with multiple stab wounds in the same bed in Mogen’s room.

The sheath of the knife was found on the bed next to Mogen’s body, left by the killer.

Investigators said Mr Kohberger’s DNA was found on the vagina – by matching it to the 28-year-old using a genetic genetics website and comparing it to his father’s DNA recovered from garbage confiscated from the family’s home in Pennsylvania.

Cell phone records also suggest that Mr. Kohberger stalked the student house at least 12 times in the period leading up to the night of the murder, according to an affidavit. The exact dates and times of these cases were not disclosed in the affidavit, but all but the first occurred in the late evening or early morning.

Madison Mogen was found dead wearing the same clothes as her best friend

(Madison Mogen/Instagram)

Investigators believe that at the time of the murder, Mr. Kohberger switched off his mobile phone to avoid detection.

However, mobile phone records place him close to a house on King Road around 9am on November 13 – suggesting he returned to the crime scene just hours after allegedly murdering four victims around 4am.

In addition to cell phone data and DNA evidence, the affidavit reveals that a white Hyundai Elantra spotted at the crime scene at the time of the murder was also tracked back to the suspect.

One of the victims’ surviving roommates was also able to partially describe the killer to investigators after coming face to face with him in the aftermath of the murders in the early hours of November 13.

The motive for the murders is unknown, and it is unclear why Mr. Kohberger allegedly targeted the victims.

An attorney representing the Goncalves family said “no connection has been found” between the four students and the suspect.

Now the families of the four victims will have to wait at least another six months before they can get more answers about their children’s murders, after his next trial date was delayed until June.

Mr. Kohberger appeared in Latah County Court for a hearing on Thursday, where he waived his right to a speedy trial.

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.

A whole week has been set aside for a hearing where evidence against Mr. Kohberger will be presented in court for the first time and he will likely file charges.

His request to adjourn another court appearance comes after the defense asked the prosecution to release all findings of the case within the next 14 days – including witness statements, digital media and police reports.

Ms Taylor told the judge that removing the 14-day deadline would give the defense more time to see all the evidence in the case.

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

Mr. Kohberger pleaded not guilty at Thursday’s hearing – it was his second appearance in an Idaho court since being extradited from Pennsylvania last week.

However, it is rumored that it plans to fight the charges with Jason LaBar, a lawyer representing Pennsylvania, saying that Mr. Kohberger “wants to be acquitted.”

His last appearance in court coincided with the start of the spring term at the University of Idaho, when many students returned to campus this week for the first time since the brutal murders.

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” when news of Mr. Kohberger’s arrest broke on December 30.

“I think a lot of people are much happier and in a better mood,” he said.

Bryan Kohberger will appear for a status hearing in Moscow on January 12

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As a criminal law doctoral student at Washington State University, Mr. Kohberger lived just 15 minutes from victims across the Idaho-Washington border in Pullman.

He moved there from Pennsylvania to start college in August and had just completed his first semester.

He previously studied criminology at DeSales University – first as an undergraduate, then completed his postgraduate studies in June 2022.

There he studied under the guidance of renowned forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, who interviewed serial killer BTK and co-authored the book Confessions of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer with him.

He also carried out a research project “to understand how emotions and mental characteristics influence decision making when committing a crime.”

On December 30, he was arrested during a morning raid on his family home in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, where he had gone on vacation.

He was released back to Idaho and his white Hyundai Elantra was detained by investigators.

The murder weapon – a fixed-blade knife – has still not been found.

Now he faces life in prison or the death penalty for the murders that rocked the small university town of Moscow and made headlines around the world.

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