The suspect arrested in the murders of four University of Idaho students had no connection to the victims, an attorney for one of the grieving families has said.
Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle do not appear to have personally met Bryan Kohberger, a criminal justice doctoral student at Washington State University (WSU), before their November 13 murders, the attorney said. of the Goncalves family. Initiated Monday.
Following the attack that rocked the university town of Moscow, Mr. Kohberger, 28, completed his semester at WSU. Weeks later, he reportedly traveled with his father from his apartment in Pullman, Washington, about nine miles west of the victims’ Pennsylvania home to spend the holidays with his family.
Law enforcement raided Mr Kohberger’s family home in a surprise arrest on December 30 after weeks of mounting criticism over a lack of investigation updates. Mr Kohberger was charged with four counts of murder and extradited to Idaho – it was later revealed in his arrest affidavit that police linked him to the crime scene using DNA genealogy.
“Nobody knew this guy,” attorney Shanon Gray said. “It appears from the affidavit that he was in the area of the house on several occasions… That’s all we know.”
The affidavit, released Jan. 5, also says investigators believe Mr. Kohberger stalked the victims’ homes at least 12 times before the massacre.
Cell phone records show that his phone rang in the King Road house area on at least twelve occasions before the time of the murders. The exact dates of these cases were not revealed in the documents, but all but one occurred late in the evening or early in the morning.
One incident was identified on August 21, when the suspect was arrested by police minutes from the house.
A citation from the Latah County Sheriff’s Office, obtained by The Independentreveals that the traffic stop took place around 11:40 p.m. at the intersection of West Pullman Road and Farm Road in Moscow.
The file shows he was arrested for failing to wear his seatbelt – a short drive from the King Road house where the victims were murdered.
Investigators believe Mr Kohberger turned off his mobile phone at the time of the murders in an attempt to avoid detection.
However, cellphone data puts him near the house on King Road around 9am on November 13 – suggesting he returned to the crime scene just hours after he allegedly murdered the four victims around 4am morning.
On Sunday, Jan. 8, Goncalves’ sister, Alivea Goncalves, told NewsNation that a specific revelation is haunting her.
“We had no idea. She had no idea. I had no idea the real evil was really looking at them,” she said.
Ms Goncalves said it wasn’t until the affidavit was released that he ‘punched’ her that when she and her sister were exchanging ‘normal’ and careless messages, the accused killer was likely planning his next hit .
“That’s been the hardest part of it all, is sitting down and watching the totality. When my sister told me about a new egg bites recipe, he was planning his next visit home,” she said.
“It’s really hard not to wish you had done more and wish you knew more. But that’s just the first step. A lot more evidence will come out.
In addition to the cellphone data, the affidavit reveals that other evidence also led them to arrest Mr. Kohberger for the student murders.
Police say his DNA was found on a knife sheath left at the scene by the killer.
A white Hyundai Elantra spotted at the crime scene at the time of the murders was also traced to the suspect, the affidavit reveals.
At the time of the murders, two housemates were also in the student house but were not injured.
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The grim scene was undiscovered for about eight hours after the killings – which police say happened between 4am and 4.25am.
It was around noon when a 911 call was finally made to report an unconscious person inside the house. The police arrived to find the bloody scene.
The affidavit has now revealed for the first time that one of the surviving housemates came face to face with the masked killer as he left the house after killing his four friends.
Investigators initially said the two survivors were in bedrooms on the first floor – while the victims were found on the second and third floors of the three-story house. It has now emerged that one of the survivors was in her bedroom on the second floor.
In her chilling account to investigators, the roommate, identified as DM in the documents, revealed that she heard the killer inside the house and heard what sounded like crying coming from one of her roommates.
At one point she heard the voice of a woman – assumed to be Goncalves or Kernodle – saying something like “there’s someone here”, before hearing the voice of a man saying “it’s okay, I will help you”.
She was then lucky enough to escape by opening her door to see what was going on to see “a figure dressed in black clothing and a mask that covered the mouth and nose of the person walking towards her.”
The man, who had bushy eyebrows and was about 5ft 10in tall, walked right past her and headed for the sliding rear glass door of the house, as she stood in a ‘frozen shock phase “.
Mr. Kohberger, who faces life in prison or the death penalty, is then due to appear for a status hearing on Thursday morning.