Idaho quadruple murder suspect arrives in state after waiving extradition from Pennsylvania
Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November, has returned to Idaho after waiving extradition from his home state of Pennsylvania.
Law enforcement escorted Kohberger to the Latah County Jail Wednesday night. He was convicted of four counts of murder and one count of burglary, according to prison records.
Earlier on Wednesday, an online flight tracker showed the Pennsylvania State Police plane that allegedly carried Kohberger arrived at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, just across the border in Washington State. A CNN crew at the airport saw Idaho law enforcement vehicles at the scene.
Kohberger was turned over from the Monroe County Correctional Facility to Pennsylvania State Police authorities, prison superintendent Garry Haidle told CNN. State police would not comment on the transportation of prisoners, per their policy.
Kohberger was arrested Friday in Pennsylvania, nearly seven weeks after 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found fatally stabbed Nov. 13 at an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho.
Authorities have yet to release key details of the case, such as whether the suspect knew the victims and what the motive was.
Investigators focused on Kohberger as a suspect after tracing the ownership of a white Hyundai Elantra, which had been seen in the area of the killings, back to him, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the matter. ‘survey.
In addition, his DNA was matched to genetic material recovered from the house where the students were killed, the sources said.
The suspect recently completed his first semester as a doctoral student in the criminal justice program at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, about a 15-minute drive west of Moscow.
He returned home to Pennsylvania for the vacation accompanied by his father, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar said. Father and son arrived around December 17th.
White Elantra authorities were looking for in connection with the murders were found at Kohberger’s parents’ home, LaBar said.
An FBI surveillance team followed Kohberger for four days before his arrest while law enforcement worked with prosecutors to develop enough probable cause to obtain a warrant, the two law enforcement sources said.
The probable cause affidavit, which is believed to contain information supporting the suspect’s arrest, remains sealed until it appears in court in Idaho.
A court order bars the prosecution and defense from commenting beyond the public records.
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