University of Idaho Murder Suspect: Bryan Kohberger, suspected of killing two people at the University of Idaho, was not known to the victims, a lawyer for one of their families said. Police in Moscow, Idaho, says that on November 13, a 28-year-old criminology Ph.D. student broke into the home of four sleeping University of Idaho undergrads and stabbed them to death.
Best friends Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, died in the ambush, along with their housemate Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, also 20, who was staying the night. Shanon Gray, the lawyer for the parents of Goncalves, said that “no one” knew about Kohberger before the killings.
He told Fox News Digital, “Any information any of the families find out about connections to any of the victims will be given to the Moscow Police Department.” Police papers say that Kohberger, a student at the nearby Washington State University just seven miles away, went to the victims’ homes at least 12 times before the murders to get information.
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Then, police say that they could track Kohberger’s phone back to the crime scene just a few hours after the attack. In an affidavit filed on December 29, Moscow Police Cpl. Brett Payne said that he got a search warrant for Kohberger’s phone records to find out if he had “stalked” any of the victims, talked to their friends, or spied on the King Road house.
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“The records for the 8458 Phone (Kohberger’s phone) show that at least twelve times before November 13, 2022, the 8458 Phone used cellular resources that cover the area of 1122 King Road,” he wrote. “Except for one of these times, they all happened in the late evening or early morning of the day they happened on.“
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Kohberger is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary because he is said to have broken into the house intending to kill four people. Some experts think that the burglary charge could mean that Kohberger didn’t know the victims, but they also say that they can still be filed even if the intruder is someone they know.
Neama Rahmani, a lawyer in Los Angeles and former federal prosecutor, told Fox News Digital that the burglary charge lets the prosecution show proof that the house was broken into. “There is no clear evidence of motive, at least not yet,” so the state wants to show that Kohberger wasn’t there legally and that his DNA shouldn’t be there.
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