Moscow Murders Suspect Bryan Kohberger ‘drop out of extradition hearing’ to speed return to Idaho

A suspect in the murder of four University of Idaho students is reportedly planning to voluntarily return to the state after being arrested in Pennsylvania.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested in Pennsylvania on 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 Idaho State Police.

At a press conference on Friday, Moscow police said more information about the circumstances that led to the arrest will be released when Mr. Kohberger appears in court in Idaho, as his arrest warrant will remain sealed under state law until then. .

Mr. Kohberger’s attorney, Monroe County’s chief attorney Jason LaBar, has since revealed that the Washington University criminology graduate student intends to waive his January 3 extradition hearing in Keystone State to expedite his return to Idaho.

“Mr. Kohberger wishes to be exonerated and expects these cases to be resolved as soon as possible,” LaBar said in a statement to CNN.

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

Mr. LaBar only represents Mr. Kohberger prior to his extradition to Idaho. He said his client and his family had been cooperating with police after agents raided their home around 3am on Friday.

“They’re also very shocked,” LaBar told CNN. “Unusual for Bryan… FBI, local police, Idaho state troopers were at their house around 3am yesterday, knocking on the door and announcing entry, with genuine shock and admiration for them.”

Mr. LaBar also told ABC: “Mr. Kohberger has been charged with very serious crimes, but the US justice system is covering him with a veil of innocence… He should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise – not tried in a court of public opinion.” “

IDAHO HOMICIDIOS (AP)

IDAHO HOMICIDIOS (AP)

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

Pullman is about 15 km west of Moscow, Idaho, where the students lived.

Moscow police chief Fry said Friday that state law forbids him from revealing himself, prompting police to arrest Kohberger until the suspect is extradited to Idaho.

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

The murder weapon has yet to be found and Mr. Fry has urged anyone who knows Kohberger to contact authorities for any information on the suspect.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, took this photo together just hours before he died (Instagram/Kaylee Goncalves)

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, took this photo together just hours before he died (Instagram/Kaylee Goncalves)

Prior to his arrest, Fry said the department had received more than 19,000 leads and conducted 300 interviews.

“These murders shook our community and no amount of arrest will ever bring these young students back,” he said.

He added that authorities located a Hyundai Elantra that was spotted near the students’ apartment on the night of their deaths.

“Be assured that the work is not finished, it is just beginning,” he said.

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