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 January 2, 2023

Idaho murder suspect is expected to waive his extradition hearing

According to the Washington Examiner, Bryan Kohberger, the 28-year-old man accused of killing four Idaho college students, is expected to waive his extradition hearing. 

An extradition hearing is required because Kohberger was arrested in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, whereas he is being prosecuted in Moscow, Pennsylvania, the location of the murders.

Fox News has released a statement on the matter from Kohberger's attorney.

Fox reports:

Bryan Kohberger’s attorney, chief public defender Jason LaBar, said Kohberger plans to tell a judge in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday that he will waive his extradition hearing so he can be quickly brought to Idaho to face the charges and is eager to be exonerated.

This comes after police arrested Kohberger on Friday at his parent's house. Kohberger is facing four counts of murder and burglary in relation to the Nov. 13 killings of University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.

The arrest is the result of a big break in the case that appears to be largely based on DNA evidence. Fox separately reports, "genetic genealogy work on DNA left at the scene of the crime was instrumental in leading them to Kohberger."

The Moscow Police Department is, accordingly, confident that they now have in custody the man who committed these murders, although Moscow Police Chief James Fry says that the investigation is still ongoing.

The big question, of course, is, if Kohberger is responsible, then what was his motive? And, as of yet, this question has not been answered. No connections have been revealed between Kohberger and the victims.

One thing that has been learned about Kohberger is that he is a criminal justice student at Washington State University, a school that is located about 15 miles from Moscow, Idaho. He was pursuing a Ph.D. in this field.

Fox has also put out a report in which former classmates of Kohberger describe him as intelligent but socially awkward. One source who went to high school with Kohberger claimed that Kohberger was bullied, including by the opposite sex, and this source speculated that this may have something to do with Kohberger's motive for the alleged killings.

Kohberger's attorney, though, is urging people not to jump to conclusions.

"Mr. Kohberger has been accused of very serious crimes, but the American justice system cloaks him in a veil of innocence," Labar said. "He should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise — not tried in the court of public opinion."

Kohberger's family has also put out a statement, saying, "we have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than judge unknown facts and make erroneous assumptions."

The family added that it "will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and brother."

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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