Idaho murders: Suspect Bryan Kohberger’s family arrives at Pennsylvania courthouse
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MONROE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA: Family of Bryan Christopher Kohberger, the 28-year-old accused who got arrested for killing four University of Idaho students, arrived at the Pennsylvania court on Tuesday, January 3 for his extradition hearing. The suspect's family issued a statement on January 1, urging the public to accept his presumption of innocence.
The statement released through Kohberger's public defender read, "First and foremost we care deeply for the four families who have lost their precious children. There are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel, and we pray each day for them. We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family, we will love and support our son and brother. We have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than judge unknown facts and make erroneous assumptions. We respect privacy in this matter as our family and the families suffering a loss can move forward through the legal process," according to WNEP.
Kohberger's family arrived at the courthouse at around 2.30 pm after the suspect was brought to the Pennsylvania court prison transport van at around 10.45 am. He was escorted by two law enforcement officials to the Monroe County Courthouse, according to Fox News. Walking to the court for his hearing, Kohberger remained stone-faced while reporters gathered outside the court asked him "Why did you do it?."
According to the Daily Mail report, the suspect's family was spotted outside the courthouse with their faces covered. Allegedly Kohberger's sister appeared to comfort his mother along with the suspect's father who was also seen in a summer hat to hide his face.
After Kohberger waives his extradition, the alleged killer is set to be flown to Idaho. He is being represented by Jason LaBar, a Monroe County Public Defender in the region’s Court of Common Pleas. Based on charges of allegedly committing the quadruple murder in Idaho, authorities arrested the suspect on December 30, 2022. He was taken into custody in an early morning raid conducted at his parent’s home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
Kohberger, a master of arts in criminology graduate from DeSales University has been arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder, to which his representative LaBar stated that it is likely that he may not plead guilty.
In connection to the November 13 brutal killings of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, at their off-campus rental home in Moscow, Idaho, the 28-year-old was taken into custody. He was pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology at Washington University, Pullman which is around nine miles (15 km) west of Moscow, Idaho, where the slain students resided.
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