Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Idaho quadruple murder suspect comes to state after waiving extradition from Pennsylvania


Brian Keberger, accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November, is facing murder charges in Idaho after being granted immunity from extradition from his home state of Pennsylvania.

Police took him to the Lata County Jail on Wednesday night.

Minutes earlier, an online flight tracker showed that a Pennsylvania State Police plane believed to be carrying Kohburger had arrived at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport across the Washington state border. A CNN crew at the airport saw Idaho police vehicles at the scene.

Jail Superintendent Gary Heddle told CNN that Kohberger was turned over to Pennsylvania State Police officers from the Monroe County Correctional Center. The State Police, as per their policy, does not comment on any prisoner transports.

Kohberger was arrested Friday in Pennsylvania, nearly seven weeks after Kayleigh Goncalves, 21; Madison Mohan, 21; Chana Karnodil, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, was found brutally stabbed to death on November 13 at an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho.

Authorities have not yet released key details, such as whether the suspect knew the victims and his motive.

Investigators focused on Kohberger as a suspect after tracing ownership of a white Hyundai Elantra found in the area of ​​the murder, according to two law enforcement sources.

Besides, their DNA was compared with the genetic material recovered from the house where the students were killed, the sources said.

The suspect recently completed his first semester as a doctoral student in the criminal justice program on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, a 15-minute drive west of Moscow.

Monroe County Public Defense Chief Jason Lauper said he had gone to Pennsylvania to spend the holidays with his father. Father and son reached on 17 December.

Labar said a search was conducted at the home of Kohberger’s parents in connection with the murders the white Elantra officers were searching for.

Two law enforcement sources said that an FBI surveillance team monitored Kohberger for four days prior to his arrest while law enforcement officials worked with prosecutors to develop sufficient probable cause to obtain a warrant.

An affidavit of probable cause that contains information justifying the suspect’s arrest remains sealed until it is presented in an Idaho court.

A court order prohibiting comment beyond the public record.

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