Moscow murder suspect Bryan Kohberger ‘waives extradition hearing’ to expedite return to Idaho

A suspect in the murders of four University of Idaho students reportedly plans to return to the state voluntarily after his arrest in Pennsylvania.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody in Pennsylvania early Friday in connection with the quadruple murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin following an investigation by the Moscow Police Department, FBI and State Police of Idaho State.

At a press conference on Friday, Moscow police said more information about the circumstances leading to the arrest would be released once Mr. Kohberger appeared in court in Idaho, as his warrant would remain sealed until then under state law. .

Mr. Kohbrger’s lawyer, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, has since revealed that the University of Washington criminology doctoral student plans to waive his Jan. 3 extradition hearing in the Keystone State to expedite his return to Idaho.

“Mr. Kohberger looks forward to being cleared of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as soon as possible,” Mr. LaBar told CNN.

According to Mr. LaBar, Mr. Kohberger’s father had gone to pick him up in Idaho and returned with him to Pennsylvania to celebrate the holidays.

Mr. LaBar only represents Mr. Kohberger before he is extradited to Idaho. He said his client and his family cooperated with police after agents broke into their home around 3 a.m. Friday.

“They are also very shocked,” Mr. LaBar told CNN. “Out of character for Brian… The FBI, the local police, the Idaho State Troopers were at their house about 3am yesterday, knocking on the door and announcing to come in, real shock and awe to them.”

Mr. LaBar also told ABC: “Mr. Kohberger has been accused of very serious crimes, but the American justice system covers him with a veil of innocence… He should be presumed innocent until proven guilty – not put on trial in court of public opinion. “

(AP)

Mr. Kohberger is a graduate student in the department of criminal justice and criminology in Pullman, Washington, about nine miles west of Moscow, where the students lived and were killed.

Pullman is about nine miles (15 kilometers) west of Moscow, Idaho, where the students lived.

Moscow Police Chief Fry said Friday that he was prevented by state law from disclosing what tipped police off to Koberger’s arrest until the suspect is extradited to Idaho.

“We have a person in custody who committed these horrific crimes and I believe the community is safe,” Mr Fry said.

The murder weapon has not yet been found and Mr Fry urged anyone who knows Kohberger to contact the authorities with any information about the suspect.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, took this photo together hours before they died

(Instagram/Kaylee Goncalves)

Before his arrest, Mr Fry said the department had received more than 19,000 tips and conducted 300 interviews.

“These murders have rocked our community and no amount of arrests could ever bring these young students back together,” he said.

He added that authorities have located a Hyundai Elantra that had been spotted near the students’ apartment the night they died.

“Rest assured the work is not done, we are just getting started,” he said.

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