Idaho Murders Updates: FBI agents were spotted at the residence where Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger is suspected of killing four pupils.
According to representatives of the University of Idaho, Kohberger’s delayed trial date allows investigators to gather more evidence.
At the residence where Bryan Kohberger is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November of last year, FBI investigators were spotted.
On November 13, Bryan Kohberger reportedly killed Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, and Ethan Chapin in the Moscow, Idaho home he allegedly broke into at 4 a.m.
The October trial for the former graduate student in criminology at Washington State University was postponed after Kohberger gave up his right to a prompt trial in a hearing held in August.
Consequently, the prosecution and detectives requested entry to the Moscow, Idaho residence, according to a statement released by the University of Idaho on Tuesday.
According to the university, FBI officials were in the house on Tuesday and Wednesday obtaining materials for creating audiovisual displays and a physical replica of the house.
“With the new extended timeline, the FBI is on the scene today, Tuesday, Oct. 31, and Wednesday, Nov. 1, to get documentation to construct visual and audio exhibits and a physical model of the home where Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves were killed,” the school’s statement states.
“The university was informed that the visual displays needed several months to construct and were not practical under the constraints of an October experiment.
The FBI is exploiting this prolonged trial timetable to collect its own measurements and photographs now that the personal property has been removed from the premises, even though the measurements and information required to create a model were acquired during the first investigation,” the statement says.
The decision to let investigators re-enter the house was communicated to the families of the victims and survivors, along with the defense.
Although it won’t happen this semester, the university still plans to destroy the house. The University of Idaho declared in February that a “healing garden” would be built in its stead and the mansion would be destroyed.
The family lawyer for Kaylee Goncalves, Shanon Gray, had previously expressed disapproval of the demolition of the property, arguing that it contained vital evidence for the case.
“The home itself has enormous evidentiary value as well as being the largest, and one of the most important, pieces of evidence in the case,” Gray stated.
Gray said that after first seeking input from the relatives of the victims on the demolition of the home, the University of Idaho “proceeded to ignore those opinions and pursue their own self-interests.”