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University Of Idaho Murder Suspect Told Police It Was 'Really Sad What Happened' To The Victims: Report
“At one point, he was saying something to himself like ‘I’m fine, this is okay.’ Like he was reassuring himself that this whole thing wasn’t awful," a police source told People Magazine of comments Bryan Kohberger allegedly made during his extradition back to Idaho last week.
While being extradited back to Idaho, murder suspect Bryan Kohberger allegedly referenced the brutal killings of four University of Idaho college students, saying it was “really sad what happened to them.”
The 28-year-old PhD student has been accused of breaking into an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 and fatally stabbing four of the occupants inside.
Although he’s remained relatively quiet since his arrest on Dec. 30 at his parents’ Pennsylvania home, Kohberger seemingly referenced the grisly crime while being transported back to Idaho last week, according to a report.
“He did say, ‘It’s really sad what happened to them,’ but he didn’t say anything more,” a police source involved in the transport told People. “He’s smarter than that.”
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According to the source, Kohberger seemed “really nervous” during the extradition process.
“He was narrating to himself everything that was happening,” the source said. “At one point, he was saying something to himself like, ‘I’m fine, this is okay.’ Like he was reassuring himself that this whole thing wasn’t awful.”
Kohberger is currently being held without bond at the Latah County Jail and is expected to appear in court Thursday for a preliminary status hearing, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
After he was initially taken into custody late last month, attorney Jason LaBar — who represented Kohberger during the extradition process — told Law & Crime that Kohberger initially agreed to waive his Miranda rights and speak with law enforcement officers at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks before later invoking his right to an attorney.
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According to LaBar, police had asked Kohberger at the time whether he understood what was happening and he replied, “Yes, certainly I’m aware of what’s going on. I’m 10 miles away from this.”
Police have alleged that Kohberger, a PhD student in criminal justice at the nearby Washington State University, snuck into the off-campus residence at 1122 King Road around 4 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 13 and killed college students Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; and Xana Kernodle, 20, according to an affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
All four had been stabbed to death multiple times, police said.
Kohberger was linked to the crime after investigators discovered DNA on a leather knife sheath left behind on Mogen’s bed, according to the affidavit. Authorities also uncovered surveillance footage showing a white Hyundai Elantra, matching the description of Kohberger’s vehicle, circling the neighborhood that morning and attempting to park in front of the property before its seen fleeing the area “at a high rate of speed” around 4:20 a.m., authorities said.
Police have yet to release a motive in the killings, but authorities have said there is evidence to suggest he may have been stalking some of the victims. Phone records showed he had been near the King Road home on “at least twelve” occasions before the murders, the affidavit alleges.
Shanon Gray, an attorney for Goncalves' family, told Insider that the victims did not appear to know Kohberger before their deaths.
“No one knew of this guy at all,” the lawyer said.
Goncalves' sister Alivea Goncalves also told NewsNation the family and her sister had "no idea" anyone may have been casing the home.
"I had no idea that true evil was genuinely watching," she said.
Kohberger is facing four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary. He’s yet to enter a plea to the criminal charges against him.
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