Bryan Kohberger ‘hunted the Idaho murder house at least 12 times’ before the murders, arrest affidavit claims
Suspect Bryan Kohberger may have stalked the Idaho home where four college students were brutally stabbed to death “at least 12 times” before the murders, an arrest affidavit suggests.
The bodies of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were found in their rental home on King Road across from the University of Idaho in Moscow on November 13.
Mr. Kohberger, a doctoral criminology student from nearby Pulman, Washington, was charged with their murders and appeared in an Idaho court on Thursday morning, just before an affidavit from probable cause outlining the police case against him has been unsealed.
Investigators say in the document that they received historical data for the suspect’s phone from AT&T for the period after his account was opened in June 2022 “to determine whether Kohberger stalked any of the victims in this case. prior to the offence, monitored King Road Residence, was in contact with one of the victims’ associates before or after the alleged offence.
And the document says Mr Kohberger’s phone showed he had checked into the area of the King Road murder house “on at least twelve occasions prior to November 13, 2022”.
Investigators wrote that “all but one of these occasions occurred in the late evening and early morning of their respective days.”
Police say in the affidavit that they believe the students were killed in their beds between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. after a night out in Moscow.
Mr. Kohberger is a doctoral criminology student at Washington State University, located about 10 miles from the crime scene.
He was taken into custody in Pennsylvania last week and a white Elantra was seized from the homestead where he was found.
The suspect arrived in Moscow on Wednesday evening, having been airlifted under armed guard from Pennsylvania. He was incarcerated in Latah County Jail on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.
Mr. Kohberger made an initial appearance before the Latah County Magistrate’s Court judge at 9:30 a.m. local time Thursday and received his arrest warrant.
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