Bryan Kohberger’s dad drove his son out of Idaho in a white Hyundai – lawyer

The father of the man accused of murdering four University of Idaho students reportedly drove him across the country to Pennsylvania in a white Hyundai Elantra.

Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student and teaching assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, was arrested Friday at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.

He is being held for extradition to Idaho on warrant for four counts of first degree murder in the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. The four students were found stabbed to death in a rental house in Moscow on November 13.

According to NewsNation’s Brian EntinKohberger’s attorney said his client’s father traveled to Idaho and back to Pennsylvania with Kohberger in mid-December.

A view of the back of the house on the 1100 block of King Road in Moscow where police found four University of Idaho students stabbed to death on November 13.
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They drove around 2,500 miles in a white Hyundai Elantra – the same model of vehicle that law enforcement asked the public for help finding as it was seen near the house at the time of the killings.

Jason LaBar, a public defender who represents Kohberger, previously told CNN that Kohberger arrived in Pennsylvania around Dec. 17 to celebrate the holiday with his family. “His dad actually went out (in Idaho) and they drove home together,” he said.

LaBar told CNN that Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra was found at his parents’ home. He said Kohberger’s father opened the door to the police and that he and Kohberger were cooperative.

LaBar also said he recommended his client undergo a psychological evaluation prior to court proceedings.

He said Kohberger planned to waive his extradition hearing so he could be quickly transported to Idaho. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

“Mr. Kohberger is eager to be cleared of these charges and looks forward to resolving these issues as quickly as possible,” LaBar said. He could not immediately be reached for further comment.

In a statement, Kohberger’s family said there “are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel” for the families of the victims.

“We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and brother,” the statement read. “We have cooperated fully with law enforcement with the goal of seeking the truth and promoting his presumption of innocence rather than judging unknown facts and making wrong assumptions.”

At a news conference announcing Kohberger’s arrest on Friday, Latah County District Attorney Bill Thompson said investigators believe Kohberger broke into the student house “with intent to commit a murder”.

Investigators are still looking for a weapon, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said.

Citing Idaho law, authorities said they could not discuss details, including what led them to Kohberger or a possible motive until he was extradited to the Idaho and that the court records are not sealed.

“The Idaho Supreme Court dictates that probable cause affidavits remain sealed until the arrest warrant is returned to court,” the Moscow Police Department said in a news release.

“As such, the factual basis of this case will remain sealed until a first appearance is made in an Idaho court. No additional information can be provided in this case until the court records and records are not published.”

Kohberger is being held without bond in Pennsylvania and will be held without bond in Idaho once he returns, Thompson said Friday.


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