Prosecutors allegedly have a hidden informant who ‘would tighten the screws’ on Kohberger, according to an explosive claim.
According to a recent report, two roommates who survived the November shooting that killed four of their friends were messaging each other while they were awake in their off-campus rental home at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
On November 13, 2022, at 4 a.m., Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were slain in a home invasion. Prior to Thanksgiving break, they had all spent a Friday night out with friends.
The information was purportedly given to Goncalves’ father by grand jurors in the case, according to a long Air Mail piece. However, the writer acknowledges that neither Goncalves nor his lawyer consented to respond.
Regarding the matter, the court has imposed a tight gag order. The family released a statement calling the charges a “very poor attempt at getting attention” and “obviously fictional.” Steve Goncalves and his attorney did not immediately react to queries from Fox News Digital about the report’s assertions.
“Steve had been told that the two survivors allegedly had not only been awake while the killings had taken place but that they had heard everything,” according to the article. “More astonishingly, his grand-jury sources alleged that the two girls had been texting one another as the murderer methodically went from one room to the next.”
Five months before Kohberger’s defense was deprived of the opportunity to contest the probable cause that led to his detention at a preliminary hearing due to a grand jury indictment, at least one of the remaining roommates saw something fishy, according to court records made public in January.
The roommate, who lived on the second floor of the three-story property, said to the police that she heard sounds around four in the morning, which she thought were coming from Goncalves having fun with her dog on the top floor. Nevertheless, Goncalves and Mogen would subsequently be discovered dead by police in the other upstairs bedroom.
The probable cause affidavit states that she then believed she heard Goncalves remark, “There’s someone here.” The probable cause affidavit states that she glanced out of her room but saw nothing.
Investigators claim that at 4:12 a.m., Kernodle was still alive and used the TikTok app on her phone.
According to the affidavit, the roommate soon believed she heard weeping coming from Kernodle’s room, which was on the same level. Peeping out, she heard a man remark, “It’s OK. I am going to assist you.
When she “opened her door for the third time,” she saw a guy wearing black clothing, a mask, and “bushy eyebrows” walking out the back sliding door. Later on, she told the police that he was “athletically built, but not very muscular.”
According to court filings, she froze in astonishment. He passed her by and turned to go. The four victims, according to the police, had all been stabbed many times prior to 4:25 a.m.
No one called 911 until about noon the next day, according to the police. Police have said that it originated from one of the survivors’ phones, but they have not disclosed the identity of the caller.
Officers responding to the horrifying sight found a vital piece of evidence close to Mogen’s body: a Ka-Bar knife sheath that seemed to have been touched by Kohberger, according to the police.
After defying a subpoena in the case, the remaining housemate—who is hardly mentioned in the probable cause document—agreed to an interview with Kohberger’s defense attorneys in April.
In the probable cause affidavit, police mostly relied on the sheath, the suspect car, and phone records. The Air Mail report did, however, also imply that they had an undercover spy who “would tighten the screws” by providing confidential evidence.
Bill Thompson, the prosecuting attorney for Latah County, informed the court earlier this year that he would pursue the death sentence in the event that Kohberger was found guilty.
In May, Kohberger filed not guilty pleas to four counts of first-degree murder and one count of criminal burglary before Idaho District Judge John Judge.
The judge last week dismissed Kohberger’s request to halt the case and revoked the order granting a fast trial, which the defense had previously agreed to forego.
On October 26, Kohberger is scheduled to return to court, where the judge will hear arguments on the defense’s improbable motion to dismiss the indictment.
Kohberger was pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology at the nearby Washington State University at the time of the killings. He is being detained at the Latah County Jail in Moscow, Idaho, without being allowed to post bond.