'Not true': Mad Greek restaurant where two Idaho victims worked denies Bryan Kohberger dined there
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: The proprietor of a restaurant in Moscow, Idaho, where two of the murdered students worked, says the rumor that their suspected killer Bryan Kohberger visited the establishment twice is false. According to a former employee, quoted in a PEOPLE article from January 19, Kohberger visited the Mad Greek restaurant where Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle worked and ordered "vegan pizza."
Jackie Fischer, the proprietor of Mad Greek, has now claimed in a Facebook post that the article is "completely fabricated information." Fischer wrote, "The news/media should really do their due diligence before running a story with completely fabricated information. This will be my only response to this story from People… It is not true."
"I also have not forbidden employees from speaking to reporters. We all decided collectively to support the families and not share anything that could potentially harm the investigation or cause the families more stress," she added. Fischer was devastated to learn that two of her employees had died. She told Fox News: "All I can say right now is that we're just all deeply saddened by the loss of both Maddie and Xana. All of the workers are just shook right now."
However, PEOPLE spokesperson Julie Farin reponded to this allegation on January 23 with a written statement to MEAWW. "PEOPLE stands by its reporting."
The PEOPLE article had reported that law enforcement was aware of Kohberger's visit to the eatery, according to an investigator familiar with the case. Bryan Kohberger, 28, is accused of fatally stabbing Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, in early morning hours of November 13, while they were asleep in their 1122 King Road residence.
Kohberger, a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice at Washington State University and a teaching assistant, was detained on December 30 in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
He is charged with first-degree murder on four counts as well as burglary with intent to kill. Kohberger can either be sentenced to life in prison or given the death penalty if he is found guilty of first-degree murder.
According to the probable cause report, one of the victims' surviving roommates, Dylan Mortensen, claimed to have seen the killer. She allegedly saw a "person clad in dark attire and a mask" and with "bushy eyebrows" leaving the crime scene. The probable cause affidavit further said that Kohberger was linked to the crime scene by his DNA and mobile phone pings. The officials have not disclosed a potential motive for the killings. Kohberger has not yet confessed his crime either. His next hearing is scheduled on June 26, 2023.
At a press conference on January 3, Pennsylvania State Police Maj. Christopher Paris stated that "force was used" to enter the Kohbergers' Albrightsville, Pennsylvania house early on December 30 to arrest the suspect. "There were multiple windows that were broken, I believe, to gain access, as well as multiple doors," Paris said during the press, adding that Bryan Kohberger's parents were at home at the time.