Idaho Murders Update: Recently unsealed court documents from Pennsylvania reveal that law enforcement officials seized weapons and other items during a December raid of the parents’ home of Bryan Kohberger, an Idaho murder suspect. Kohberger is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November.
Kohberger was arrested on December 30 at his family home in the Pocono Mountains, nearly seven weeks after the murders took place. The unsealed court records show that law enforcement discovered and confiscated knives, a gun, black clothing, medical-style gloves, and masks among other items during the raid.
One of the victims’ roommates, who was present at the Moscow home during the murders, described the suspect as “clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose,” according to court documents.
Investigators also seized, searched, and later dismantled a 2015 white Hyundai Elantra that Kohberger sometimes drove. Authorities said the car matched the vehicle seen in surveillance footage near the home where the murders took place, and used the footage to connect Kohberger to the murders.
Additionally, law enforcement officials retrieved DNA swabs from Kohberger on the day of the search. An earlier affidavit also revealed that a leather knife sheath found at the crime scene had Kohberger’s DNA on it.
Kohberger, a criminal justice PhD student at Washington State University, faces four counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen.
The murders sent waves of panic throughout the community as authorities searched for the suspect for almost a month and a half. Kohberger is being held without bail in Latah County Jail in Idaho, and his preliminary probable cause hearing is scheduled to begin on June 26. The recent demolition of the home where the students were killed was accepted by the University of Idaho, which President Scott Green said was a “healing step” and removed the physical structure where the tragic incident occurred.
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