A suspect in the murders of four college students received a death threat from another inmate who shouted “Fuck you – I’ll kill you,” according to a new report.
The NewsNation The report said Bryan Kohberger, 28, was subject to threats while he was held in Pennsylvania before being transferred to Idaho where he faced four counts of murder.
When the threat was made, Mr. Kohberger was behind a glass screen as part of his protective custody arrangements and apparently did not respond.
Journalist Ashleigh Banfield of NewsNation told viewers a series of details over the course of four or five days that a criminology student was held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility before being transferred to Idaho to stand trial.
Ms Banfield said that, contrary to one report, Mr Kohberger did not scream or scream while incarcerated in Pennsylvania. She said another man held there behaved this way.
By contrast, Mr. Kohberger was a “model” prisoner. She said her sources said he did not pray, cry or appear upset.
“He seemed to be asleep most of the time. It wasn’t loud. And he wasn’t mean,” she said.
At one point, he was asked why he committed the crimes he was accused of, and he replied that he had done nothing.
When asked why he went to Idaho, he reportedly replied, “Because there’s better shopping there.”
Ms Banfield added: “There’s another thing that happened – another prisoner walked through this prisoner reception area and yelled at him, gave him the finger and yelled ‘F you’ at him – I’ll kill you. That’s what another prisoner shouted at him – “Fuck you.” I’ll kill you’.”
She said, “And of course Bryan Kohberger was behind the glass cell door and he had no answer that we know of at this point.”
The alleged detail came to light when Mr. Kohberger appeared in an Idaho court on Wednesday to face four counts of first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be held without bail.
Officials released an arrest statement showing that the DNA of a man accused of killing four University of Idaho students last November was found on a knife sheath found at the crime scene.
The Associated Press noted that investigators have yet to make public statements about a possible motive or whether any weapons were found.
It is also unclear whether they believe Mr Kohberger knew any of the victims – Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.