Idaho killings update: Bryan Kohberger is waiving the right to fight extradition at the suspect’s PA hearing Tuesday

STROUDSBURG, PA– A criminology student charged with the November killings of four University of Idaho students waived his right to an extradition hearing in a Pennsylvania court on Tuesday, expediting his transfer to Idaho to stand trial.

Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old graduate student and teaching assistant at Washington State University, was arrested by state police early Friday at his parents’ home in eastern Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Idaho officials are now expected to arrange for Kohberger’s transport back to Idaho — a process generally kept secret for security reasons.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

A criminology student charged with first-degree murder in the November killings of four University of Idaho students is not expected to fight extradition at a hearing Tuesday in Pennsylvania, where he was found dead last week his parents were arrested.

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Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old graduate student and teaching assistant at Washington State University, was arrested by state police in eastern Pennsylvania early Friday, authorities said.

The lead attorney in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, said his client is keen to be exonerated and plans to tell a Pennsylvania judge that he will forgo his extradition hearing so that he can be quickly taken to Idaho.

Kohberger should be presumed innocent and “not to be charged in public opinion courts,” public defense attorney Jason LaBar said.

Captain Anthony Dahlinger of the Moscow Idaho Police Department told The Associated Press on Saturday that authorities believe Kohberger was responsible for all four murders. The students were stabbed to death sometime in the early hours of November 13 at a tenement near the campus in Moscow, Idaho.

“We think we have our man,” Dahlinger said, adding that investigators received samples of Kohberger’s DNA directly from him after his arrest.

DNA evidence played a key role in identifying Kohberger as a suspect, and officers were able to match his DNA to genetic material found during the investigation, a law enforcement official said last week. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing investigation.

Investigators have said they are still looking for a murder weapon and a motive for the killings.

Federal and state investigators are combing through Kohberger’s background, financial records and electronic communications as they work to build the case against him, the anonymous-speaking official said. Investigators are also interviewing people who knew Kohberger, including those from Washington State University, the official said.

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Kohberger’s relatives in Pennsylvania have expressed their condolences to the victims’ families but have vowed to support him and promote “his presumption of innocence.”

His parents, Michael and Maryann, and his two older sisters, Amanda and Melissa, said in a statement released by his attorney on Sunday that they “care deeply about the four families who have lost their precious children.” There are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel and we pray for it every day.”

The family said the relatives will continue to pursue legal action and that “as a family we will love and support our son and brother.” They said they have cooperated fully with law enforcement to try to “seek the truth and further his presumption of innocence, rather than assessing unknown facts and making false assumptions.”

Latah County prosecutors in Idaho have said they believe Kohberger broke into the dorm near the college campus to commit murder. Their bodies were found on November 13, several hours after investigators believe they died.

The students were: Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington. They were close friends and members of the Greek university system.

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Mogen, Goncalves, and Kernodle lived in the three-story apartment building with two other roommates. Kernodle and Chapin were together and he had visited the house that evening.

Latah County prosecutors have said the affidavit for four counts of first-degree murder will remain sealed until he is returned. He is also charged with burglary.

Investigators have asked everyone who knows him for information about Kohberger, and Dahlinger said investigators received 400 calls to a hotline within the first hour of that request. He said they were trying to “paint this picture of him now: who he is, his story, how we came to this event, why this event happened”.

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