Idaho Murders Update: A search warrant that was just unsealed offers insight into the things seized when 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger was arrested late last year in connection with the deaths of four University of Idaho students.
On December 30, Kohberger was arrested at his parent’s home in Pennsylvania and charged with four charges of first-degree murder and one count of criminal burglary.
A flashlight, four medical-style gloves, a T-shirt, a Washington State Cougars sweatshirt, a pair of size 13 Nike shoes, black socks, black shorts, black boxers, and one cheek swab were among the items taken from Kohberger and the residence that day, according to the search warrant, which was unsealed on Tuesday.
The warrant was executed around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 30 at the Pennsylvania home Kohberger was visiting for the holidays, nearly seven weeks after Madison “Maddie” Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in an off-campus house in Moscow, Idaho on Nov. 13, 2022.
The victims were all University of Idaho students and close friends. Kernodle, Mogen, and Goncalves shared a room. Chapin did not reside at the house but was sleeping there with his girlfriend Kernodle. Two other housemates were there during the incident but were uninjured.
According to the probable cause affidavit, which PEOPLE.com received, a sheath of the knife believed to have been used in the stabbings was placed at the site on the bed where Mogen and Goncalves were discovered slain.
According to the affidavit, here is where authorities discovered DNA purportedly tying Kohberger to the murder. According to the papers, agents seized garbage from Kohberger’s parent’s house in Pennsylvania to test for a Genetic match.
The affidavit also claims that one of the surviving roommates saw the murderer, who was described in the papers as “a person covered in black clothes and a mask,” stroll by her bedroom door as he fled the scene. The roommate also claimed to have heard sobbing on the night of the murders.
Kohberger was a Ph.D. student at Washington State University researching criminal justice and criminology at the time of the killings. The institution, located in Pullman, Washington, is only eight miles from the Moscow apartment where the four students were stabbed to death.
While no reason for the murders has been discovered, the affidavit claims Kohberger’s mobile phone was pinged near the property at least twelve times before the crimes.
“All of these incidents, with the exception of one, happened in the late evening and early morning hours of their respective days,” according to the affidavit.
The residence where the killings took place will be destroyed, according to the University of Idaho authorities.
“This is a healing step since it eliminates the physical building where the tragedy that shocked our community was perpetrated,” stated University President Scott Green. “Demolition also prevents further sensationalization of the murder site.”
Scholarships are also being established in memory of Mogen, Goncalves, Kernodle, and Chapin, according to Green.
Kohberger is scheduled to appear in court again on June 26 for a five-day preliminary hearing. He is being jailed without bail and has yet to enter a plea to the allegations leveled against him.
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