Idaho killings: What we still don’t know about suspect Bryan Kohberger


Three days after the arrest of a suspect in the stabbing death of four University of Idaho students, authorities determined the suspect’s possible motives, based on whether he knew the victim, and ultimately his have yet to divulge key details of the incident, including what drove the Arrested.

The arrest of Brian Christopher Coberger, 28, comes almost seven weeks after Cary Goncalves, 21. Madison Morgen, 21 years old. Zana Karnodol, 20 years old. Ethan Chapin, 20, was found dead in his off-campus home on November 13th.

The murders rocked the academic city of Moscow, Idaho, which had gone seven years without a murder.

State laws that limit the information authorities can release before a suspect first appears in court are partly to blame, Moscow police chief James Fry said on Friday, adding that authorities were forced to take action against him in his hometown of Pennsylvania. said on the day he announced Coberger’s arrest in the state.

And the presumed cause affidavit (the legal document used to justify Coberger’s arrest and obtain the warrant) would remain sealed until he was returned to Idaho, where he was Face four counts of first-degree murder and felony robbery charges. Idaho, prosecutor.

The documents “will tell us a great deal,” said CNN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson. “It talks about the question of probable cause, that is, why was he arrested, what are the valid reasons to detain him and pursue him from the prosecution’s point of view.”

Coberger is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, and his attorney has suggested the suspect will waive extradition. The attorney said he expected Coberger to be returned to Idaho within a short time.

Kohberger’s parents and two sisters are scheduled to appear at the hearing on Tuesday, public defender Jason LaBar told CNN on Monday. No one is allowed to visit him while they are there.

Until then, here are some of the key details that remain unknown.

Authorities have not publicly stated whether Coberger knew any of the victims. Attended a party on campus early. Morgen and Goncalves went downtown. Bar before ordering food from a late-night food truck.

Koberger lived in the area, Frye said Friday: He was a doctoral student in the criminal justice program at Washington State University’s campus in Pullman, about a 15-minute drive west of Moscow.

Washington State University confirmed in a statement last week that Coberger was a graduate student at the university, and the university’s police said law enforcement in Idaho had issued a search warrant for Coberger’s campus apartment and his office. He added that he assisted in the execution.

A CNN team observed there was also law enforcement activity on Friday at the Pullman apartment complex, where graduate students live.

Meanwhile, DNA played a role in the investigation, sources told CNN.

Investigators focused on Kohberger as a suspect after his DNA matched genetic material recovered in the house where the student was murdered.

Genetic genealogy techniques were used to link Koberger to unverified DNA evidence, a source familiar with the case told CNN. A DNA run through public databases found a potential family match, and subsequent investigative work by law enforcement identified him as a suspect, sources said.

Both the information about Coberger’s DNA and his previous relationship with the victim are key pieces of evidence, Jackson told CNN on Monday.

“No. 1: We’re looking for DNA,” he said. “Was there his DNA[at the residence]? … Is there a reason to explain the DNA? Is there a basis for knowing or understanding why he was there?”

“This brings me to the second,” Jackson said: “Are there existing relationships? Did he know them? If so, how?”

Shannon Gray, an attorney for Cary Goncalves’ family, told CNN on Monday that the victim’s family and law enforcement are “going back and asking if there is any connection between the victim in this case and this defendant. I will check it out,” he said.

“And we plan to provide a list of connections that we consider important to the Moscow police,” Gray said.

“We encourage the community to send clues and information to the Moscow police for contacts and information regarding the defendants and victims in this case,” the lawyer said.

Investigators have also yet to give any indication as to why Coberger allegedly carried out the stabbing.

Since his arrest, there has been a great deal of focus on Coberger’s criminal justice and criminology research as a student at Washington State University — a detail a former senior FBI profiler called “very interesting.”

Mary Ellen O’Toole told CNN on Sunday, “There was another case where a criminal was in a field of study more or less preparing to commit a crime. is not the result of cause and effect,” she stressed, noting that studying the criminal’s mind did not “make him do this.”

“He’s interested in this, but the idea of ​​committing a violent crime had to be already there to motivate him to commit a crime,” O’Toole said. , was a kind of conduit for him to explore what he was already interested in.”

Koberger was previously an undergraduate and graduate student at DeSales College, a Catholic college in Pennsylvania, according to a school statement. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in his 2020, completing “postgraduate studies leading to a master’s degree in the criminal justice program,” this year, according to a university spokesperson.

and After the arrest was announced and the post was removed from Reddit, a student investigator associated with the DeSales University study named Bryan Kohberger said, We asked for participation in a research project to understand how

“In particular, this research seeks to understand the story behind your most recent crimes, with an emphasis on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience.”

Koberger completed his first semester as a doctoral student at Washington State University last month, the school confirmed.

It is also unclear why Coberger was not arrested until more than six weeks after the victim’s body was discovered. Frye did not disclose when Coberger appeared on law enforcement radars on Friday.

Coberger returned to Pennsylvania for vacation, Lavers told CNN on Saturday, and the suspect and his father, who had accompanied his son on a cross-country drive, arrived around Dec. 17. added.

One of the whites that Hyundai Elantra authorities were looking for in connection with the killing was found at Coberger’s parents’ home, Laval confirmed.

Another law enforcement source said the suspect drove to his parents’ house and told CNN:

An FBI surveillance team from the Philadelphia field office tracked him for four days in the area where he was arrested, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.

While Koberger was under surveillance, investigators from the Moscow Police Department, the Idaho Police Department of Homicide, and the FBI worked with prosecutors to develop a probable cause sufficient to obtain a warrant. Once an arrest warrant was issued, the Pennsylvania State Police and his FBI made the arrest.

Kaley’s father, Steve Gonsalves, said the family was asleep when Gray broke the news of his arrest.

“I was so excited because it was a celebration of life on the same day that we were doing the event,” he told CNN’s Bianna Golodryga. Goncalves said his wife “ideally wanted this event behind us before it started so she could focus on our girls. It happened.”

“We’ll definitely look at this guy and look into his eyes. He’s going to have to deal with us,” said Goncalves, who is scheduled to attend the suspect’s court appearance. He hasn’t traded with us for seven weeks and it’s not over yet.”

Authorities continue to seek information from the public. Within an hour of announcing his arrest, Frye told CNN that authorities had received about 400 calls.

“I want information on that individual,” Frye said Saturday. “We need up-to-date information so we can build that situation now. All tips are important.”

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