The man who is accused of the murders in November of 4 University of Idaho students is returning to Idaho to learn the specifics of the allegations against him , in sealed affidavits according to the prosecutor.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, was able to agree on Tuesday to get extradited to Pennsylvania after Kohberger was taken into custody at the home of his parents on Friday. He is now facing accusations in Idaho. Kohberger will be transferred to Idaho within 10 days.
Investigators believe Kohberger entered the rental home located in Moscow and fatally wounded Kaylee Goncalves Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in the early morning hours of November 13.
Kohberger is an Ph.D. teacher and student at the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University in Pullman only eight miles from the site of the murder.
A probable cause statement that outlines the evidence supporting first-degree murder and the felony burglary charge against Kohberger isn’t expected to be released until after his arrival in Idaho Authorities said.
The affidavit as well as court documents not being sealed is an “quirk” of Idaho law, Michael Mancuso, first assistant district attorney for Monroe County in Pennsylvania’s Monroe County, said during an interview with reporters on Tuesday following an extradition court hearing for Kohberger.
“Having read those documents, and the sealed affidavits of probable cause, I definitely believe that one of the main reasons the defendant chose to waive extradition and hurry his return back to Idaho was the need to know what was in those documents.”
Attorneys, law enforcement officials and other people who are involved in the matter aren’t able to talk about the affidavit and other court documents since the Idaho magistrate judge issued the “gag order” on Tuesday evening that prohibited officials from speaking openly about various aspects of the matter outside of the courtroom.
These orders are issued when judges are concerned the publicity prior to trial could hinder the defendant from receiving an impartial trial.
Jason LaBar, the chief public lawyer for Monroe County representing Kohberger for the extradition hearing, said Kohberger’s lawyer was keen to be cleared.