'It's not her place to investigate': Criminal expert slams coroner for revealing details about Idaho murders

Slain University of Idaho victims Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee Goncalves' murder remains unsolved

'It's not her place to investigate': Criminal expert slams coroner for revealing details about Idaho murders
Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead on November 13 (Instagram/@ kayleegoncalves and @xanakernodle)
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Four students of University of Idaho, Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee Goncalves were found brutally murdered on November 13. A few days after the news came to light, Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt gave out details about the crime scene and about the slain students' autopsy reports in several interviews. Now a criminal expert has called out Mabbutt for revealing too many details about the case in her TV interviews. 

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Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran slammed Mabbut and told Fox, “Investigators have given out too much information." Further criticising Mabbutt, he said, "It was not only surprising but aggravating. It is not her place to investigate this thing on TV and speculate." He added that Mabbutt's information could help the killer or killers to discard important evidence about the case. He concluded by saying, “I personally cringe when I see the media and the public’s demands for information outweigh the need to preserve the integrity of the investigation. This is all because of the armchair detectives out there on social media.”

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Giacalone's statement comes a week after Mabbutt's interview with News Nation where she said, “It was late at night or early in the morning so it seems likely maybe they were sleeping. There were multiple stab wounds on them and most of them had just one that was the lethal stab wound. The fatal ones were to the chest area, the upper body area. It was a pretty large knife so it’s really hard to call them puncture wounds. It has to be somebody that is pretty angry in order to stab four people to death.” The autopsy report also claimed that among the four students, Kernodle had "defensive wounds." 

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Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee were found dead in their Idaho apartment which was located near their college campus in Moscow, Idaho. Mogen, Kernodle, and Goncalves were flatmates. Chapin was dating Kernodle and they were spending time together on the night of the murder. Many web sleuths have claimed that Chapin's body was found at the hallway while all the other victims were found dead in their bedrooms.

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