The family of the accused was detained at killing of four students at the University of Idaho He is “obviously shocked” by the charges of first degree murder he is facing, his lawyer said in a interview with NBC “TODAY” on Tuesday, hours before the defendant is expected to appear in court in Pennsylvania for a public hearing.
“They don’t believe it’s Bryan. They don’t believe this. They’re obviously in shock,” said Jason LaBar, Monroe County’s chief of public safety. LaBar is representing Bryan Kohberger, 28, in the request for extradition — which he said is not being challenged — but is not part of his defense of murder.
“Certainly this is very different, the allegations, and the fact is that they are trying to support and understand that these four families are suffering, now they are feel sympathy for that, and that’s why it should remain confidential, and they don’t want to judge this case in the court of public opinion,” said LaBar.
LaBar said he has visited Kohberger in prison since his time recorded on Friday in northeastern Pennsylvania, about 2,500 miles from the Idaho campus.
He tells Savannah Guthrie the suspect – who is a doctoral student in the department of criminal and criminal justice at Washington State University at the time of his arrest — showed “a calm demeanor” during the visit and denied the allegations.
“It’s quite strange, he said. This is not him. He believes that he will be freed – that’s what he believed, those were his words, so it’s very easy to talk about it, the truth, and he’s in it. it’s a quiet character, like I said,” LaBar said.
LaBar said Tuesday afternoon’s hearing could only last a few minutes. Kohberger is expected to board a flight back to Idaho early Tuesday night.
The Kohberger family said in their first public statement Sunday they are working with law enforcement to “promote his sanity.”
They also showed love for the families of the four University of Idaho students who was stabbed to death on Nov. 13: Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.