Of the is suspected in the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho college students He plans to waive extradition at a hearing this week, his attorney said, to expedite his return to Idaho, where he will face trial. and four counts of first degree murder.
Bryan Christopher Kohberger is “a little bit younger,” Jason LaBar, the chief of public safety for Monroe County, Pennsylvania, told CNN on Saturday. one day after the 28-year-old was arrested in his country on charges related to the murder on November 13 Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Morgan, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20. Kohberger also faces burglary charges, according to Latah County, Idaho, Prosecutor Bill Thompson.
Kohberger’s family said “there are no words that can adequately express the grief we feel,” according to a statement LaBar issued Sunday for them — the family’s first statement since from Kohberger’s arrest on Friday.
“First of all, our hearts go out to the four families who have lost their beloved children. There are no words that can adequately express the sorrow we feel, and we pray every day for them,” he said. “We will continue to pursue the legal process and as a family we love and support our son and brother. We have cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an effort to find the truth and promote its concept of innocence instead of judging the facts that are not known and making false assumptions.”
LaBar did not discuss the murder with the suspect when they spoke for about an hour Friday evening, the attorney said, adding that he did not have some main reasons related to Kohberger’s representation in the issue of his extradition, which is not a lawyer. it is called an “official system”.
“It’s a procedural matter, and really the Commonwealth has to prove here that he looks like the person that the warrant is for and that he was in the area at the time.” the crime,” LaBar said.
Dropping the retrial for Tuesday was “an easy decision, obviously,” LaBar said, “because he’s not competing against Bryan Kohberger.”
Kohberger is innocent until proven guilty, LaBar said in a statement, noting, “Mr. Kohberger is determined to be acquitted of these charges and looks forward to to these matters as soon as possible.”
LaBar was expected to return Kohberger to Idaho within 72 hours of Tuesday’s hearing, the attorney said.
The arrest of the suspect – a PhD student in Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, the school confirmed – comes nearly seven weeks after the stabbing victims were found in an off-campus building. Since then, researchers have analyzed about 20,000 tips and conducted more than 300 interviews on the subject, they said.
The authorities have not publicly confirmed the motive of the suspect, even if he knew the victims, whose deaths shook the college and the nearby city of Moscow. The murder weapon was not found either, said Moscow police chief James Fry on Friday.
In the weeks since the murder, some members of the community have grown frustrated that investigators have not provided a thorough explanation of how the night happened. Authorities have released limited information, including the actions of the victims leading up to the attacks and who they have named as suspects. .
State law limits the information authorities can release before Kohberger makes an initial appearance in an Idaho court, Fry told reporters Friday. The probable cause affidavit — detailing the actual basis of Kohberger’s charges — is sealed until the suspect’s body is located in Latah County and has been served on an Idaho warrant, the statement said. Thompson.
The researchers were introduced to Kohberger a suspect through DNA evidence and through confirmation of his ownership of a white Hyundai Elantra that was seen near the scene of the crime, according to two law enforcement sources who described the investigation. Authorities say he lived a few minutes from where he was stabbed.
He drove cross country in a white Hyundai Elantra and arrived at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania on Christmas, according to a law enforcement source. Authorities began looking for him sometime during his trip east from Idaho.
Kohberger, along with his father, drove from Idaho to Pennsylvania to celebrate the holidays with his family, LaBar confirmed.
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The FBI trailed him for four days before his arrest as law enforcement and prosecutors worked to establish probable cause to obtain a warrant, officials said. two.
Genetic methods were used to link Kohberger to unidentified DNA evidence, another source and insight into the case told the CNN. DNA was run on a public database to find family members who could match, and subsequent investigations by law enforcement officials identified him as the suspect, the official said. source
A white Hyundai Elantra was found at his parents’ home, LaBar said, where authorities arrested Kohberger early Friday.
This story has been updated to reflect the action expected at Tuesday’s extradition hearing.