Bryan Kohberger begins extradition from Pennsylvania to Idaho to face murder charges
Suspected killer Bryan Kohberger is currently on his way back to Moscow, Idaho, where he will face charges in the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
According to NewsNation reporter Brian Entin, the 28-year-old criminology doctoral student was picked up from Monroe County Jail around 6 a.m. ET Wednesday morning, beginning his transfer to Idaho.
It is not known how it is transported or when it will arrive. A Monroe County Jail official told ABC News the suspect left Pennsylvania that morning, but it has not been confirmed.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Kohberger waived his extradition rights, clearing the way for him to be transported from Pennsylvania to Idaho to face four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.
The 28-year-old was chained and handcuffed while appearing for his extradition hearing at the Monroe County Courthouse in Pennsylvania.
He said “I love you” to tearful family members who were in court supporting him before signing paperwork agreeing to the extradition request.
The judge ordered that he be returned to Idaho within the next 10 days, giving authorities until Friday, January 13 – the second anniversary of the murders – to return him to the state.
Pennsylvania officials declined to release details of the transfer at a news conference on Tuesday, saying it was up to Moscow police to work out but they hoped it would be “as soon as possible”.
Moscow police have pledged to keep details of the move – including timing and mode of transport – secret due to security concerns surrounding the high-profile prisoner.
Once back in Idaho, key details of the case are expected to be made public, including what led investigators to suspect the criminology student carried out the brutal murders that shocked the small border town. from Moscow.
Under Idaho state law, officials are limited on what they can release before a suspect makes their first appearance in state court.
The probable cause affidavit is currently sealed and cannot be unsealed until Mr. Kohberger is returned to Idaho and receives his arrest warrant.
Monroe County First District Attorney Michael Mancuso suggested at the press conference that the affidavit contained damning evidence as he suggested that Mr. Kohberger’s eagerness to know what information investigators might have was behind his decision to waive his extradition rights.
“I really believe that one of the reasons he decided to waive his extradition rights was a ‘need to know’ what was in the documents,” Mr Mancuso said.
Following the extradition hearing, a gag order was issued prohibiting law enforcement from revealing information about the murders and Mr Kohberger’s case.
Latah County Judge Megan Marshall took the unusual step of issuing a gag order prohibiting investigators, law enforcement, attorneys, and members of the prosecution and defense from sharing any news. information about the investigation or the suspect before a verdict is rendered. reached at trial.
Under the ruling, authorities can still quote or refer to “public records” without further comment.
The Moscow Police Department said in a statement that due to the order, it will no longer communicate with the public or the media regarding the case.
The gag order is not expected to affect the release of the probable cause affidavit – a document that will shed light on the evidence available to investigators linking Mr Kohberger to the murders.
While details remain under wraps at this time, law enforcement sources told CNN the criminal justice student was linked to the savage attack when the white Hyundai Elantra seen near the crime scene was traced to him.
His DNA was then compared by genetic genealogy techniques to DNA found at the crime scene, the sources said.
Bodycam footage has now been released showing Mr Kohberger and his father being arrested by police in the Elantra a month after the murders – before being released.
The incident unfolded on Dec. 15 when an Indiana State Police trooper stopped the car during the father and son’s 2,500-mile journey from Washington state to Pennsylvania .
Footage shows Mr Kohberger’s surprised face as an officer stops the car and approaches the door.
The officer tells Mr Kohberger – who is driving – and his father that he was hanging around too close behind a truck trailer while driving.
The conversation is largely unintelligible due to road noise, but Mr. Kohberger’s father is heard telling the officer that his son is attending Washington State University and that there has recently been a shooting.
A day earlier, on December 14, a man had barricaded himself in an apartment near WSU and threatened to kill his two roommates before being killed in a shootout with police.
Mr. Kohberger’s concern about his son’s college shooting indicates he had no idea his son would soon be arrested for a quadruple murder.
The father and son also tell the officer that they have just been arrested by another soldier. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they also made a stop on the suspect’s car that day.
The Indiana state trooper told Mr Kohberger and his father that he was not giving them a ticket or warning, but urged them to “give themselves plenty of room” on the road.
Indiana State Police said at the time of the arrest, the soldier had no information linking Mr. Kohberger to the murders in Moscow.
It was at some point during the eastward cross-country trip that investigators began tracking Mr. Kohberger’s movements.
Since early December, Moscow police had been searching for a white Hyundai Elantra that had been spotted at the crime scene at the time of the November 13 murders.
Mr. Kohberger’s vehicle was seized at the time of his arrest.
Police raided the Kohberger family home in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, on Friday and arrested him for the murders.
As a criminal justice doctoral student at Washington State University – just across the Idaho-Washington border from Moscow – Mr Kohberger lives just 15 minutes from the King Road house where the murders took place. location.
Following the murders, he remained in Pullman, Washington, and continued his education for several weeks before driving to his home state of Pennsylvania in December so he could spend the holidays with his family.
Mr Kohberger’s father had traveled to Washington state to meet his son before Christmas – weeks after the violent quadruple homicide – so they could make the cross-country journey together.
They arrived at their family home in the Pocono Mountains in mid-December.
An FBI team kept Mr. Kohberger under surveillance in the area for several days before his arrest on Friday, December 30.
No motive was given for the brutal stabbings and it is unclear what connection – if any – he may have had to the four victims.
However, Kaylee Goncalves’ father, Steve Goncalves, told ABC News he had found unnamed links between the suspect and his daughter – but was not ready to reveal what those potential links were.
The grieving father has vowed to face his daughter’s alleged killer in court, saying he wanted Mr Kohberger to be ‘sick of seeing us’ as he spoke of his determination to win ‘a battle of wills” against the man accused of stabbing his daughter to death in her bed.
“I want him to be sick of seeing us and sick of knowing that these people won’t let it go,” he told NBC News on Monday.
“You know, it’s a battle of wills, and we’ll see who wins.”
Mr Kohberger meanwhile plans to fight the charges, with his Pennsylvania public defender Jason LaBar saying he was “eager to be exonerated”.
In a statement released on Sunday, Mr. Kohberger’s parents also promised to support their son.
“Above all, we care deeply about the four families who lost their precious children. There are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel and we pray for them every day,” the family said in a statement.
“We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and our brother.
“We have cooperated fully with law enforcement with the goal of seeking the truth and promoting his presumption of innocence rather than judging unknown facts and making incorrect assumptions. We respect privacy in this matter, because our family and the families who suffer a loss can move forward in the legal process.
Mr. Kohberger moved to Washington to begin the graduate program in criminology at Washington State University in August and had just completed his first semester.
Police body camera shows Bryan Kohberger being arrested in Hyundai Elantra
Prior to that, he studied criminology at DeSales University – first as an undergraduate, then graduating in June 2022.
There, he studied with famed forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland who interviewed serial killer BTK and co-wrote the book. Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of BTK Killer Dennis Rader with him.
He also conducted a research project “to understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making during the commission of a crime”.
He reached out to participants on Reddit, with the chilling investigation resurfacing following his arrest.
“In particular, this study seeks to understand the story behind your most recent criminal offense, with a focus on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience,” the post reads.
His arrest marked a huge pause in the seven-week investigation into the murders that rocked the small college town on November 13.
The four victims were stabbed to death in their bed with a fixed blade knife around 3am or 4am.
Two of the victims were found on the second floor and two on the third floor of the three-story student rental, a stone’s throw from the University of Idaho campus.
Two surviving housemates slept during the attack in bedrooms on the first floor. The bodies of the students were discovered around noon.
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