Idaho murders: Suspect Bryan Kohberger's extradition hearing on January 3, here's how to watch it
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Bryan Kohberger, the 28-year-old arrested as a suspect in the University of Idaho murders, will appear in court on Tuesday, January 3. On the day, he may face the families of victims Kaylee Gonacalves, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen during his extradition hearing, which will start at 3.30 pm EST at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania.
The hearing will take place in a courtroom, but no cameras will be allowed inside, according to court officials, who provided clarification on the matter on Monday, January 2. According to Pennsylvania Supreme Court regulations, reporters will reportedly be admitted to the courtroom on a first come, first served basis.
How to Bryan Kohberger extradition hearing?
Starting at 3.00pm EST, WFLA Now will stream live coverage of the extradition proceeding on WFLA.com, the WFLA app and social media channels, including YouTube Live. JB Biunno of WFLA Now will be in the Stream Center to access several live feeds from the courthouse's, as per WFLA.
After extradition hearing
The 28-year-old PhD candidate in criminology is about to give up his right to extradition, which will allow for his transfer from Pennsylvania to Idaho, where he is accused of murder. According to his public defender, Jason LaBar, he might return to Idaho as soon as Tuesday night, January 3, or Wednesday, January 4, early after the hearing.
New information regarding what prompted officials to detain him on suspicion of the killings of four students on November 13, 2022, is likely to surface once he is in Idaho, and the criminal complaint is anticipated to be made public. The gruesome murders were the subject of a seven-week police investigation before Kohberger was apprehended, as per The Independent. The outlet also stated that his parents and two sisters will attend the hearing but will not be able to visit him.
LaBar reportedly said that Kohberger sought to deny the murders and was shocked to have been arrested. In connection with the deaths of the four students, Kohberger was accused of criminal burglary and four charges of first-degree murder, according to ABC News. He was identified as the suspect after officials verified his ownership of a white Hyundai Elantra reportedly seen at the crime scene and by analyzing DNA evidence, as per law enforcement sources.
The sources claimed that four days prior to his arrest, an FBI surveillance team followed him while law enforcement and prosecutors sought to establish enough probable cause to get a warrant. Using genetic genealogy techniques, Kohberger was linked to the unidentified DNA evidence. After the DNA was analyzed through a public database to seek potential family member matches, law enforcement launched a further investigation and identified him as the suspect. After that, according to sources, cops tracked Kohberger for a while before nabbing and charging him.