On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at noon, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen were found dead inside a Moscow, Idaho, residence. The four were University of Idaho students. Per the Deseret News, investigators believe that an edged blade was used during the suspected homicide.
Here are the latest updates on the case.
Kohberger’s preliminary hearing date
Thursday, Jan. 12
Bryan Kohberger, who has been charged in the deaths of the four students, appeared in court on Thursday.
According to East Idaho News, Judge Megan Marshall set a preliminary hearing date for June 26 at 10 a.m. MDT. Kohberger faces four charges of first-degree murder and one charge of felony burglary. He is currently incarcerated in Latah County Jail and has no bail set.
When will Kohberger appear in court again?
Friday, Jan. 6
Bryan Kohberger will appear in court next on Jan. 12, according to the judge at the initial court appearance.
Probable cause warrant released, revealing reasons Bryan Kohberger was arrested
Thursday, Jan. 5
The probable cause warrant was released on Thursday. These court documents reveal how authorities justified the arrest of Bryan Kohberger.
Deseret News reported that a roommate witness, phone records, DNA evidence and footage of a white Hyundai Elantra were critical leading up to Kohberger’s arrest.
He was extradited from Pennsylvania to Idaho on Wednesday after he waived extradition, per CNN. He was booked into jail that evening, according to the Latah County jail roster. His court appearance was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. MST on Thursday.
Suspect agrees to be extradited
Tuesday, Jan. 3
The Deseret News reported that the suspect, Bryan Kohberger, agreed to be extradited.
“Kohberger will be taken back to Idaho in the next 10 days, although Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine Jr. told The New York Times he expects Kohberger to be immediately extradited,” the Deseret News reported.
Kohberger was arrested on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary.
Suspect in the case has his extradition hearing Tuesday
Tuesday, Jan. 3
Bryan Christopher Kohberger, who was arrested last week in connection with the University of Idaho murders, will appear in court Tuesday for his extradition hearing. According to CNN, Kohberger is expected to “waive extradition from his home state,” meaning that it’s likely Kohberger will end up in Idaho soon. Currently, Kohberger is being held without bail in Pennsylvania and Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar said that Kohberger believes that later, he will be “exonerated.”
Suspect arrested in connection with University of Idaho murders
Friday, Dec. 30
On Friday, Dec. 30, police arrested a suspect in connection with the University of Idaho murders. The Associated Press reported that a 28-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested. Per the AP, “Arrest paperwork filed in Monroe County Court said Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition to Idaho where he faces a first degree murder charge.” The Deseret News reported that “officers in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains tracked the man down and made the arrest.”
What happened in the case previously
As police continue to investigate the University of Idaho homicides, they were determining whether or not a Hyundai Elantra in Oregon could be related to the case.
Previously, investigators were looking for a 2011-2013 white Hyundai Elantra because they believed the occupant or occupants may have information related to the investigation of the homicides of four University of Idaho students last month.
In a press released published by the city of Moscow, police said, “Investigators are aware of a Hyundai Elantra located in Eugene, Oregon. We are working with the local jurisdiction to determine if the vehicle is related to our case.”
A spokesperson for the Eugene police department said to Fox News, “We have no information to indicate it is related to the Moscow, Idaho, case. However, they were sent the vehicle information so they have it to review.” After an investigation, the Idaho Statesman reported that car was not believed to be related to the case.
Additionally, the Moscow police said in their statement that they are working hard on the case.
“We are supported by highly trained and experienced personnel from the Idaho State Police and the FBI. Their continued resources and knowledge are vital to our success. Our investigative units work under a unified structure and have the autonomy to move forward and solve this case,” Moscow police chief James Fry said. “Despite statements about my team, we remain focused on solving the murder of four students to seek justice for them, their families and to help our community heal.”
According to The Guardian, police have not yet named a suspect or a motive. They have also not found the murder weapon yet. “FBI investigators and state troopers, deployed to augment the 31-officer Moscow police department, are looking for clues,” The Guardian reported. They’ve taken thousands of photographs and done more than 150 interviews, police say, but so far the case has broadened, not narrowed.”
The homicides were considered a targeted attack, but police have not ruled out a broader threat to the community.
Timeline of University of Idaho case
On Sunday, Nov. 13, at noon, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen were found dead inside a Moscow, Idaho, residence. The four were University of Idaho students. Per the Deseret News, investigators believe that an edged blade was used during the suspected homicide.
According to the Deseret News, authorities responded to a 911 call reporting an unconscious body. When officers went to investigate, they found the bodies of the four students. CBS News reported that Moscow Mayor Art Bettge said the students likely died hours before noon, somewhere between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Two roommates were in the residence when the attack occurred. Officials do not believe that either of these roommates were involved in the homicides.
The Latah County coroner released the autopsy results and listed the causes of death as “homicide — murder.” A press release from the city said investigators believe the students were killed with an edged weapon (like a knife or other type of blade).
They addressed rumors directly.
- The Idaho police have not changed their belief that the attack was targeted. They are unsure if the residents or the residence was targeted.
- The victims were not tied and gagged.
- Police have not released the name of the 9-1-1 caller.
- Some media have had questions about the February 2022 death on Baker St. The Latah County Coroner’s Office said that death was due to overdose.
- Some media have inquired about a 1999 double stabbing in Pullman, Washington, and a 2021 double stabbing (one person died) in Salem, Oregon. The police say that the cases share similarities, but there isn’t evidence that cases are related.