Idaho murders – update: Roommate on why she didn’t call 911 as Bryan Kohberger’s class claim he avoided case

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Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger appears in court for the first time

Friends and acquaintances are beginning to share details about Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger.

The 28-year-old grad student was reportedly somewhat quiet, and struggled with obesity and drug use in the past.

Recently released court documents provide further detail to the picture.

An affidavit reveals that Mr Kohberger was tied to the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin after his DNA was found on a knife sheath the killer left at the scene.

Cellphone data also shows Mr Kohberger appears to have stalked the home at least 12 times in the run-up to the 13 November attack – and that he returned to the scene of the crime around five hours after the stabbing frenzy.

For the first time, it emerged that one of the two surviving roommates overheard his chilling final words to the victims: “It’s OK, I’m going to help you.”

Dylan Mortensen told police she saw an intruder in the Moscow home at 4am, but didn’t call 911 for another eight hours.

A lawyer for the Goncalves family told Fox News Ms Mortensen had been “scared to death, and rightly so”.

Meanwhile, criminology classmates of Mr Kohberger told the Idaho Statesman he would become silent when the murders were raised in class.


Why police stopped Bryan Kohberger as he drove across the country

The FBI has denied claims that it instructed Indiana police to perform traffic stops on Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger as he made a cross-country road trip to Pennsylvania last month.

Mr Kohberger was stopped twice minutes apart while traveling through Indiana with his father on 15 December – one time by county police and the other by state police.

After body-camera footage of both stops emerged earlier this week, a law enforcement source told Fox News that the FBI had requested the stops to obtain images of Mr Kohberger’s hands as part of the investigation into the quadruple homicide of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin back in Moscow, Idaho.

Rachel Sharp has the details.

Josh Marcus9 January 2023 06:15

Read the affidavit on Bryan Kohberger’s arrest for the Idaho murders in full

The affidavit is filled with horror new details about the 13 November killings of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin – and what led investigators to identify Mr Kohberger as the suspect.

More details in our full report on the documents.

Josh Marcus9 January 2023 05:15

Bryan Kohberger may get the death penalty

Kaylee Goncalves’ parents Steve and Kristi Goncalves spoke to NewsNation on Thursday night just hours after they came face to face with their daughter’s accused killer Bryan Kohberger for the first time in court in Idaho.

Mr Goncalves said that justice for his daughter would mean the death penalty for the 28-year-old criminology PhD student, saying that “he has to pay” for what he allegedly did to Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

“If you want to play god’s role, you’re gonna have to go answer to him,” he said.

The devastated father said that he will eventually “forgive” his daughter’s killer but said that life in prison is not enough for his alleged crimes.

Rachel Sharp has the details.

Josh Marcus9 January 2023 04:15

Unanswered questions in the Idaho murders case

For nearly eight weeks, the families of four slain University of Idaho students have waited in agony for answers about the unspeakable killings.

Hope of finally getting some clarity finally came last week with the arrest of Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminal justice PhD student at Washington State University. Days later, the probable cause affidavit outlining what led authorities to charge Mr Kohberger was made public, revealing horrifying details about the 13 November murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in the college town of Moscow.

Among the revelations in the 18-page document is that Mr Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath that the killer left behind at the crime scene. The tan leather Kabar knife sheath, which featured the United States Marine Corps symbol, was discovered on Mogen’s bed next to her butchered body.

Mr Kohberger’s DNA was found on the sheath with investigators able to trace it to him by matching it to DNA found on trash recovered from his family home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, the affidavit states.

Mr Kohberger was also linked to the murders through his white Hyundai Elantra and through cellphone data.

But along with all of the new information outlined in the bombshell document came even more questions. Here they are.

Rachel Sharp has more.

Josh Marcus9 January 2023 03:15

How a student of criminology became an accused murder

Bryan Christopher Kohberger had been working as a part-time security officer for Pleasant Valley School District, where his mother was on staff, when a hall monitor – a grandmother – began having trouble breathing and losing consciousness. Security guard Luis Fuentes, according to the Pocono Record, dispatched Mr Kohberger to retrieve the school AED as fellow staffers and emergency personnel attended to their coworker.

Disaster was averted – but the incident still made the local paper in small-town Pennsylvania, where Mr Kohberger grew up with his parents, Michael and Maryann, and two sisters, Amanda and Melissa. It would mark one of the few times that Bryan Kohberger’s name would surface online – until he was arrested on 30 December for the murders of Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21.

Speculation and rumour had swirled exponentially for nearly seven weeks before Mr Kohberger’s arrest, as conspiracists and armchair detectives painted all manner of pictures of the students’ then-unknown killer. But the tall, skinny, bushy-eyebrowed PhD student handcuffed by police seemed to catch everyone off guard as he was led around timidly and stared blankly in his mugshot.

He’s familiar with mugshots. He’s spent years of his life studying them.

Sheila Flynn reports.

Bryan Kohberger devoted his life to studying crime. Now, the tables have turned

Bryan Kohberger became a household name upon his 30 December arrest in Pennsylvania for the killings of four University of Idaho students. People from his past – though shocked – build a picture of a bullied loner who could be aggressive; fellow students from his time in Idaho describe a criminology zealot who ‘creeped people out.’ As he faces trial accused of shocking crimes, Sheila Flynn asks: Who really is Bryan Kohberger?

Josh Marcus9 January 2023 02:15

Blood-stained mattresses and other furniture removed from Idaho house where four students were murdered

The removal involved a bed frame and at least two mattresses, on which dark stains were visible through plastic wrap, the New York Post reports.

Forensic work has been winding down for weeks at the home where Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were killed.

Read our full story.

Josh Marcus9 January 2023 01:15

Bryan Kohberger joked about killings inside Pennsylvania prison, source says

Bryan Kohberger reportedly appeared to make light of the University of Idaho murders while he was in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition as the key suspect.

A fellow inmate asked the 28-year-old why he killed the four students.

Mr Kohberger reportedly denied carrying out the killings, but later appeared to make a joke about them, saying he was in Idaho late the night of the murders because “the shopping is better in Idaho.”

An anonymous source inside the Monroe County Correctional Facility provided the account of the exchange to NewsNation.

Josh Marcus9 January 2023 00:15

Idaho house to remain crime scene until February

The house where four University of Idaho students were murdered in November will remain closed off until at least 1 February, KBOI reports.

In Idaho court, a judge accepted suspect Bryan Kohberger’s requests that the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office preserve all evidence in its custody, and notify the defence if it seeks any testing or examination that could be destructive.

Josh Marcus8 January 2023 23:45

The real lesson we should take away from the Idaho murders

People across Idaho and the country have been following the investigation into the November murder of four University of Idaho students with great interest.

But to Voices columnist Andrew Buncombe, some of the masses are misunderstanding a key element about the case and why it matters

Read his full piece to learn more.

Josh Marcus8 January 2023 23:15

The controversial DNA technique that helped police catch Bryan Kohberger

Police used a new, and to some controversial, DNA analysis technique to help catch suspected Idaho murdered Bryan Kohberger.

Once they found the 28-year-old’s DNA on a knife sheath at the crime scene, officials then turned to genetic genealogy, in which investigators upload DNA to online databases and seek a match, using their findings to build out a potential family tree and hunt for witnesses and suspects.

The practice, as Vox reports, isn’t yet in wide use, and is only supported by two mainstream genealogy websites.

However, the technique has been used to solve high profile cases like that of the Golden State Killer.

Josh Marcus8 January 2023 22:45