Police search apartment of suspect in Idaho college killings

 

 

Police search apartment of suspect in Idaho college killings

Police search apartment of suspect in Idaho college killings.

Police investigated the apartment of Bryan Kohberger, a suspect in the deaths of four college students in Idaho, and are now analyzing additional forensic evidence.

Just a 15-minute drive from Moscow, Idaho, where the college students were fatally stabbed just before Thanksgiving, police searched Kohberger’s apartment at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

While investigating the deaths of college students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, police kept quiet. However, on Friday, Kohberger was apprehended in his native Pennsylvania. Now that more details about his history are emerging.

On Friday, forensic specialists worked all day in Kohberger’s apartment as detectives took images and left with a number of boxes, bags, and a sizable computer tower.

Investigators might have access to fresh digital information as well as potential fiber or trace evidence from the Moscow murder scene, all of which could be helpful in bringing charges.

“He can touch those surfaces. If he’s unclean from what he has just perpetrated, he has not thoroughly washed himself, you’re going to have deposition of all this stuff throughout the scene and that’s very important here in this case,” said forensic expert Joseph Morgan.

James Fry, the chief of police in Moscow, declined to clarify whether Kohberger’s DNA had been discovered inside the house where the students were killed. He does, however, think that Kohberger committed the crime.

“We’re focused now on who he is, that’s why we keep asking people to send us information. If you know him, if you’ve dealt with him at any point in time, this is where we get laser-focused on one thing and we’re going to find out as much information as we can,” Fry said.

Kohberger studied criminal justice as a graduate student at Washington State. One of his classmates claimed that Kohberger changed for the better in the days after the murders in Idaho.

“I did notice that he became a little more chattier, he became a little more animated,” Ben Roberts said

Before that, Roberts remembered Kohberger looking exhausted.

Gary Brucato, a forensic psychologist, thinks the behavior change is significant.

“This event was sort of invigorating and might have brought him to life, or given him a sense of power that suddenly pulled him out of a depressive state where he felt helpless and powerless and insecure. Now he’s a person who’s been given a huge jolt of ego,” Brucato said.

In addition, Kohberger gave off the idea that he needed to prove himself to be the smartest person in the room and that everyone else shared his knowledge, according to Roberts.

“Ego is the key,” Brucato said. “Ego is also what leads to them getting captured and I do indeed think that’s what went on here, overestimating one’s ability to get away with a crime.”

Police have not provided any information regarding the processing of the murder weapon or any other potentially incriminating material. The white Hyundai Elantra that Kohberger and his father drove to Pennsylvania last month is also being processed by forensic specialists.

“If he’s such a genius, why did he not divest himself of this vehicle?” Morgan asked. “That vehicle itself is a rolling crime scene.”

Kohberger was a student at WSU and also worked as a teaching assistant. Students studying criminology had previously complained about his tough grading, but after the killings, they informed the Idaho Statesman that he was no longer as strict and no longer challenged them on their assignments.

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