- The public defender representing the suspect in the Idaho murders says his client is “shocked.”
- Bryan Kohberger, 28, was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania on Friday.
- He is charged with the first-degree murders of four University of Idaho students.
The suspect in the Nov. 13 shooting deaths of four University of Idaho students is “a little shocked” by the charges against him, his attorney told CNN on Saturday.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania on Friday and is being held without bond pending extradition to Idaho. Kohberger has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary in the death of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin. Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
The four victims were found stabbed to death in the home they were renting near the University of Idaho campus, sparking weeks of fear and speculation in the campus community as authorities searched for a suspect.
Kohberger “is eager to be cleared of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as soon as possible,” according to a statement released to the media by the attorney currently representing Kohberger in his extradition proceedings in Pennsylvania, the Monroe County Chief Jason LaBar. .
LaBar also announced that Kohberger will not contest his extradition to Idaho. He reminded the audience that Kohberger can be “accused of very serious crimes” but “should be presumed innocent until proven guilty – not tried in the court of public opinion.”
LaBar also told CNN in an interview that he recommended Kohberger undergo a psychological evaluation before the trial. He said Kohberger is currently being held in a cell by himself and is under “24-hour guard by the guards there to ensure his safety.”
A photo of Kohberger released to the media on Friday showed Kohberger wearing a suicide prevention suit. He is being held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania and has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
LaBar told CBS News that although Kohberger will waive his extradition hearing, he will have to appear before a judge to sign the papers. LaBar estimated Kohberger could be transported back to Idaho in as little as 72 hours after Tuesday’s hearing.
“I would imagine it would happen very quickly,” LaBar said.
LaBar added that he had little to share about the Kohberger investigation, as he has not received any probable cause affidavits and is only representing the suspect for the extradition component of the criminal process.
She told CNN that Kohberger arrived at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania around Dec. 17 to spend the holidays with them. LaBar said Kohberger’s father traveled to Idaho and the two drove the car back to Pennsylvania. He added that Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra was discovered at his parents’ home and that both Kohberger and his father cooperated with authorities during Friday’s arrest.