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Who is Matthew Noedel? Bryan Kohberger hires bloodstain analysis expert to examine Idaho murder house

Forensic expert Matthew Noedel whose specialties include crime scene reconstruction spent five hours at the Idaho off-campus house
Forensic expert Matthew Noedel has been hired by Bryan Kohberger's defense team (Screenshot/3D Forensics YouTube, Monroe County Correctional Facility via Getty Images)
Forensic expert Matthew Noedel has been hired by Bryan Kohberger's defense team (Screenshot/3D Forensics YouTube, Monroe County Correctional Facility via Getty Images)

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MOSCOW, IDAHO: The defense team of Bryan Kohberger, the 28-year-old criminology student who has been accused of fatally stabbing four University of Idaho students - Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, in an off-campus house on November 13, 2022, has now hired a crime scene reconstruction expert Matthew Noedel. The forensic expert and the owner and operator of Noedel Scientific was spotted with his team at the 3-story home on 1122 King Street on Tuesday, January 3.

Kohberger's state-appointed defense attorney Anne Taylor confirmed the update. According to New York Post, the team spent five hours inside the house examining the property. Wearing white gloves and surgical foot covers over his shoes, Noedel was seen going in and out of the house.


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Who is Matthew Noedel?

As per his website, Noedel has over 29 years of experience in forensics and his specialties include crime scene reconstruction, bloodstain pattern analysis, and shooting reconstruction. The website states that he provides 2D and 3D models of his findings when called to testify as an expert in court. “The evaluation and examination of bloodstains at crime scenes are often overlooked and misunderstood. Bloodstains can exist on clothing, walls, hidden behind baseboards, or under carpets. Do not underestimate the significance of bloodstains," the website states and also explains that "the reconstruction process offered by Noedel Scientific, LLC takes a holistic approach to an event and incorporates the evaluation of police reports, witness statements, laboratory reports and medical or autopsy data to scientifically test the theories developed by the various agencies involved." It also describes how they "can also analyze 3D renderings captured by law enforcement agencies and other entities or actually go on scene and collect 3D renderings."

What do we know so far?

Bryan, who graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania in May 2022 with a master of arts in criminal justice and is a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, was arrested by the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police on December 30, arraigned by a Monroe County judge. He faces four counts of first-degree murder for the brutal stabbings of four students. At a court hearing on December 3, Kohberger waived extradition as he agreed to be extradited from Pennsylvania to Idaho in his first court hearing, as previously reported by MEAWW.