In addition to expressing condolences to the victims’ families, the Pennsylvania family of a guy detained in connection with the murders of four University of Idaho students promised to stand by him and uphold “his presumption of innocence.”
Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old doctoral candidate and teaching assistant in the Washington State University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, was apprehended by state police early on Friday at his parent’s residence in Chestnuthill Township in eastern Pennsylvania, according to the authorities.
His older sisters, Amanda and Melissa, and his parents, Michael and Maryann, said in a statement issued by his lawyer on Sunday that they “feel deeply for the four families who have lost their beloved children.”
The sadness we feel cannot be adequately expressed in words.
The family stated that they have cooperated with law authorities to “seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than evaluate unknown facts and create erroneous conclusions” and will continue to let the judicial process play out.
Jason LaBar, the top public defender for Monroe County, said his client is anxious to be cleared and intends to tell a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday that he will forego his extradition hearing so that he can be sent to Idaho right away.
LaBar also advised people to hold off on making judgments until a fair trial occurred.
“Mr. Despite being charged with highly heinous offenses, Kohberger is protected by the American legal system, according to a statement from LaBar.
“He shouldn’t be prosecuted in a court of public opinion; he should be deemed innocent unless proven guilty.”
Authorities think Kohberger committed all four murders, Capt. Anthony Dahlinger of the Moscow Police Department in Idaho told The Associated Press on Saturday. He declared, “We think we’ve got our man.”
Investigators suspect Kohberger entered the University of Idaho students’ residence nearby “with the intent to commit murder,” according to Bill Thompson, a Latah County, Idaho prosecutor, who spoke at a news conference on Friday.
The students, who were close friends and members of the university’s Greek system, were Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington.
The three-story rental house housed Mogen, Goncalves, Kernodle, and two other roommates. Chapin, who was seeing Kernodle then, was a guest at home.
According to autopsies, all four were most likely dozing off when they were attacked.
Some were stabbed many times, and some had defensive wounds. Police reported there was no evidence of a sexual assault.
The affidavit for four first-degree murder charges in Idaho will remain sealed until he is brought back, according to Latah County prosecutors.
He also faces felony burglary charges.