Idaho four times murder suspect Bryan Kohberger’s former attorney, Jason LaBar, told a local news station that the evidence presented to prove probable cause to arrest the suspect is “strong” but could be ” attacked” in court.
Kohberger, 28, charged murder and burglary regarding the November 13 murder of four University of Idaho students in their home near campus.
“(I)t’s certainly a strong case,” LaBar told WFMZ-TV of the affidavit, “but I believe that personally, the evidence can be attacked.”
LaBar — who represented Kohberger during his extradition from Monroe County, Pennsylvania, where his parents live, to the Latah County Jail in Moscow, Idaho — also described Kohberger as docile and calm. during their conversation before returning the suspect.
The affidavit released after Kohberger’s arrest and before his initial court appearance in Latah County places the suspect — a Ph.D. students nearby Washington State University in Pullman, Washington – around the crime scene through phone records and security camera footage of his car at 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., when investigators believe the murder occurred.
Kohberger drove a white 2015 Hyundai Elantra registered in his name. Security footage appears to have captured a 2015 Hyundai Elantra leaving the area of crime scene in Moscow around 4:20 am and then back around 9 am
His phone rang apartment in Pullman and headed for Moscow before turning off for a period between 3 a.m. and after 4 a.m. The phone pinged south of Moscow and headed back north toward Pullman about 5 in the morning, according to investigators.
Cell phone records showed that Kohberger’s phone rang near the home where the four victims lived about 12 weeks before the murder, according to the affidavit.
Additionally, the information sheet states that the Ka-Bar knife holder’s latch was left by someone. the beds of the four victims contained the DNA of one boy. Weeks later, researchers matched DNA to material recovered from a dumpster near Kohberger’s parents’ home in Pennsylvania, although it did not include Kohberger’s father’s DNA.
LaBar admitted to WFMZ-TV that he could not explain why Kohberger’s DNA was on the knife found at the scene if he was not involved in the murder.
“The first thing I said to him was ‘Bryan, don’t tell me anything about the case. I don’t want to know any facts and circumstances,'” said a LaBar at the store, adding that he informed Kohberger: “(T)hese are just allegations, you’re innocent until proven guilty, and that’s the best part.” it’s important, because you don’t want to judge yourself in the court of public opinion, although you will.”
Defense attorneys do not believe Kohberger has any kind of “mental illness or disease or disorder” that could affect his trial.
As for the parents of the accused, LaBar said “they understand the situation in which he is accused of committing these murders, and they understand that four families are suffering from the death you are dear to them”.
“They pray every day,” he told the store. “It’s very difficult for them.”
The four victims of the November 13 murder mystery are Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; and Madison Mogen, 21.
The police did not reveal the reason for the murder.