According to a former investigator turned criminal justice professor, Idaho student murder suspect Bryan Kohberger’s Pennsylvania garbage might be vital evidence in the case against him.
The 28-year-old criminology Ph.D. student, described by friends as a former heroin addict with socially awkward tendencies, is accused of murdering four University of Idaho undergrads.
At the same time, they slept in their off-campus home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 before slipping out the back door wearing a mask and dark clothes.
When Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall imposed a gag order on Jan. 3, police were still seeking the murder weapon.
The FBI and Pennsylvania State Police had searched Kohberger’s parent’s house in the Pocono Mountains a few days before, collecting evidence and detaining the suspected killer.
A Monroe County court sealed the information they discovered there for 60 days. The warrants are likely to include information on what police discovered at Kohberger’s parents’ home, his car, and any equipment he had with him when he was apprehended.
According to Joseph Giacalone, a former NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, whatever is in trash bags that Kohberger allegedly tossed out in a garbage can belonging to a neighbor of his parents in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, might be crucial.
“He may have had evidence in his trunk that he brought back with him,” he said to Fox News Digital.
“I’m sure he was being watched as he prepared to depart.”
Giacalone was alluding to ABC News and CNN stories that quoted a law enforcement source who stated a surveillance team witnessed Kohberger reportedly attempting to conceal his garbage in the middle of the night between December 22 and his arrest on December 30.
“I think he knew they might examine his garbage cans, so he did that,” Pat Diaz, a former Miami-Dade homicide officer turned private investigator, told Fox News Digital on Monday.
“Keep in mind that he believes he is smarter than the cops, and they will oppose any evidence gathered.”
Kohberger’s attorney, Kootenai County Public Defender Anne Taylor, told Judge Marshall last month that he intends to challenge the probable cause evidence at a preliminary hearing on June 26.
According to police papers, Kohberger left his residence near Washington State University in Pullman in mid-December, a month after the killings, for a cross-country trek home with his father.
Separate search warrants have previously been served at his Washington residence and graduate student office. Investigators discovered:
- A single “nitrite-type black glove”
- A Walmart receipt and Dickies tag
- Two receipts from a Marshalls store
- The dust container from a Bissell vacuum
- Eight “possible hair strands”
- A Fire TV stick
- A single “possible animal hair strand”
- Four other “possible” hairs
- A desktop computer
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Police in Moscow, Idaho, claimed they found a Ka-Bar knife sheath near the corpse of one of the victims.
According to Walmart’s website, that type of knife is available.
He may face death if convicted on one of four counts of first-degree murder. He is also charged with criminal burglary.
Kohberger is being detained at the Latah County Jail in Moscow without bond.