Graduate student charged with murdering 4 Idaho university students


Moscow police and authorities announced charges against Bryan Christopher Kohberger (left) on Friday

Moscow police and authorities announced charges against Bryan Christopher Kohberger (left) on Friday (Pictures: AP)

Police have announced charges against a graduate student who is suspected of murdering four University of Idaho students over a month ago.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, police in Moscow, Idaho, said on Friday. He was charged with four counts of first-degree murder, and felony burglary – which entails entering a residence with intent to commit murder.

‘Kohberger resides in Pullman, Washington, and is a graduate student at Washington State University,’ said Police Chief James Fry.

Fry thanked the people of Moscow and others throughout the country for providing more than 19,000 tips on the gruesome murders.

Police Chief James Fry (left) and Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson (right) announced the arrest of Bryan Kohberger at a press conference in Idaho

Police Chief James Fry (left) and Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson (right) announced the arrest of Bryan Kohberger at a press conference in Idaho (Picture: City of Moscow/YouTube)

This photo provided by Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility shows Bryan Kohberger. Arrest paperwork filed by Pennsylvania State Police in Monroe County Court, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, said Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition in a criminal homicide investigation in the killings of four University of Idaho students, based on an active arrest warrant for first degree murder issued by the Moscow Police Department and Latah County Prosecutor???s Office. (Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility via AP)

Bryan Kohberger’s mug shot at a Monroe County, PA correctional facility (Picture: AP)

‘The people of Idaho and those throughout our nation who provided information has been very impressive,’ Fry said.

‘The work is not done, this is just getting started.’

Fry promised that the department will be ‘laser-focused on pursuing every lead’ regarding Kohberger.

‘This is not the end of this investigation, in fact this is a new beginning,’ said Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson. ‘Anyone who knows about this individual come forward, call the tip line.’

The four victims of the University of Idaho murders; Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen (Picture: UGC/UNPIXS)

Fry confirmed that police are looking for tips regarding ‘anything and everything’ to do with Kohberger.

Fry said they are still searching for the murder weapon, but that they did find a the car they believe left the crime scene – a white Hyundai Elantra.

He added that police have been in touch with the families of the victims.

‘These deaths have shaken our community, and no arrest will ever bring back these young students,’ Fry said.

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Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were two of the victims of the grisly murders in Moscow, Idaho (Picture: Instagram)

Officers investigate the deaths of four University of Idaho students at an apartment complex south of campus on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. The Moscow Police Department has labeled the deaths as ???homicides??? but maintains there is not an active risk to the community. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)

Officers investigate the deaths of four University of Idaho students at an apartment complex south of campus in Moscow, Idaho (Picture: AP)

Thompson said authorities are barred from releasing any details about the investigation until Kohberger arrives in Idaho and is seen before a court in Latah County.

It is unclear when Kohberger will arrive in Idaho. He is scheduled to appear in court in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. He will then decide whether he will voluntarily return to Idaho, or go through the formal extradition process.

Kohberger has been denied bond in both Pennsylvania and Idaho.

Officers investigate a homicide at an apartment complex south of the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. Four people were found dead on King Road near the campus, according to a city of Moscow news release issued Sunday afternoon. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)

The students were found murdered in an off-campus apartment (Picture: AP)

University of Idaho President Scott Green called Friday’s announcement ‘a relief’ to the college.

‘This crime has nevertheless left a mark on our community, our university, and our state,’ he said.

Meanwhile, the scheduled cleanup of the crime scene was halted on Friday due to a court order.

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