'I'm going to look for truth': Kaylee Goncalves' dad says he wants to look Bryan Kohberger in the eyes
This article is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.
MOSCOW, IDAHO: The father of murdered University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves said he wants to look suspect Bryan Kohberger in the eyes at court. Steve Goncalves, Kaylee's father, will be present at Kohberger's hearings.
"This guy's gonna have to look me in my eyes multiples times, and I'm going to be looking for the truth," Steve told ABC News. "That's really what I'm going to be looking for." Kohberger, 28, was arrested more than 2,000 miles away from where the murders took place and agreed to be extradited to Idaho from Pennsylvania. His lawyer reportedly said he was shocked at being arrested and was reportedly planning to plead not guilty.
Steve told NewsNation, "There is going to be someone there looking him in the face and letting him know this is not going away anytime soon. This is just the beginning." Kohberger has been accused of stabbing to death University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, in their off-campus three-story rented home on November 13. Kohberger, 28, was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, on Friday, December 30.
Steve and his family's attorney, Shanon Grey, have been trying to find possible connections between Kaylee and Kohberger. "Now that there's a person and a name that someone can specifically look for and see if there's any connections in any way," Grey said. "So they're just trying to figure it out."
Steve said, "I’m biased, but if you got to know my daughter I would think it would be impossible to hurt her. So I think we thought this was somebody who didn’t have a chance to meet her or talk to her or get to know her. She was very likable and didn’t have a mean bone in her body. I think there is a little comfort in knowing this person is not someone she trusted or loved.”
“I feel like [Bryan] was into this kind of thing,” Steve said. “He made a lifetime commitment to crime. Solving crime. Figuring out how people got caught, interviewing people. Doing different things that a normal student wouldn’t be so interested in. I think maybe he got a little overconfident, and there isn’t a perfect way to commit a crime.”
Kohberger was reportedly charged with four counts of murder in the first degree as well as felony burglary in connection with the deaths of the four students. Investigators have not publicly confirmed a motive for the murders. He is a PhD student in Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and is said to have lived just minutes from the scene of the crime.