'Seemed perpetually exhausted': Idaho suspect Bryan Kohberger's classmate details red flags after murders
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PULLMAN, WASHINGTON STATE: The case involving four University of Idaho students— Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20—was finally met with some clarity on Friday, December 30, when the alleged killer was taken into custody. Bryan Kohberger, 28, who is accused of brutally stabbing the four students to death, was arrested at his parents' house in Scranton, Pennsylvania and charged with the first-degree homicide of housemates along with felony burglary.
Kohberger was a graduate student at the Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and it was noted that the distance between Pullman and the off-campus lodging where the University of Idaho students were staying was only 15 minutes. Kohberger's WSU classmate Benjamin Roberts recently opened up about his feelings after learning that Kohberger is suspected of killing the four students. Roberts told NewsNation that Kohberger's actions altered significantly in the days post the Idaho killings.
Roberts stated that Kohberger was normally stressed and worn out prior to the brutal attack. He said, "I did notice he was showing up to class a little late sometimes, he always had a coffee in hand, he always seemed to be just perpetually exhausted." He added, "Bryan seemed like he was on the knife's edge between exhaustion and worn out and at the time it was extremely difficult to tell which was which."
Roberts, however, didn't notice anything out of the ordinary about the aforementioned changes as Kohberger didn't seem to be unraveling in any other way and this kind of stress and tiredness seemed typical to him for any graduate student. On the other hand, he stated that Kohberger appeared to become friendlier after the killings. Roberts said, "He did seem to get a little chattier going into the later parts of the term," and stressed that he doesn't remember Kohberger ever making a particular reference to the Idaho case.
Kohberger's classmate claimed that he distanced from the accused killer at that time because he was preoccupied with his own workload. Roberts stated that Kohberger seemed to be an awkward person who aspired to be recognized for his superior intelligence by everyone. He said, "He had to make absolutely sure you knew he was smart, he had this intellectual capacity." Roberts said it has been unsettling to have a tragedy like the Idaho killings done so near his school and to have a classmate involved in it. "There's something heavy about that," he stated.