A man who stabbed four university students to death in their beds will be taken to Idaho to face murder charges after he voluntarily agreed to extradition.
Brian Kohberger, 28, appeared in court in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested last week in a raid on his family’s home.
She is accused of killing housemates Kelly Goncalves, 21, Madison Maughan, 21, Zana Kurnodel, 20, and Kernodel’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, in the early hours of November 13 last year.
Two other housemates, who were home at the time of the attacks and sleeping in ground-floor level bedrooms, say they were asleep at the time of the murder.
When they woke up the next morning, they called other friends home and one of them called the police to report that the family was unconscious.
It was then that they discovered the gruesome crime scene.
Mr. Kohberger has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
He appeared in court in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, more than 2,500 miles from the small town of Moscow, Idaho where he is accused of killing the students.
He was supported in court by his father, mother and sister.
His mother was seen looking visibly upset as Mr. Kohberger looked at his family several times and nodded at them.
The court-martial offered her a tissue box as she continued to look worried, looking down, bowing.
Mr. Kohberger denied murder but signed a document agreeing to his extradition and will now be transferred to Idaho sometime in the next ten days.
Once he arrives in the state, he will be served with an arrest warrant for murder and a document will be sealed detailing what factors led police to believe he was guilty.
Suspect ‘willing to be acquitted’
Mr. Kohberger was a criminology student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, nine miles from the University of Idaho, where the victims attended.
In December, he drove cross-country from Idaho with his father on the trip, arriving in Pennsylvania on December 13, a month after the murder. Her father is not a suspect.
Mr. Kohberger’s former attorney, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason Lauber, said in a statement that his client “is eager to be acquitted of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as quickly as possible.”
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