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Man suspected in the deaths of four University of Idaho students to be extradited to Moscow

Bryan Kohberger, center, appears via livestream just before his extradition hearing in a Monroe County, Pennsylvania Courtroom on January 3, 2023.
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Bryan Kohberger, center, appears via livestream just before his extradition hearing in a Monroe County, Pennsylvania Courtroom on January 3, 2023.

The man suspected in the killings of four University of Idaho students has 10 days to return to the state.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, waived extradition at a hearing Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

He is suspected in the killings of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. They were found stabbed to death at a rental home near the University of Idaho campus. Police initially did not find a weapon and had few clear leads.

During a press conference Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police said a judge had ruled Kohberger will have to return to Moscow within 10 days.

Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso said the details of the probable cause arrest warrant cannot be released until Kohberger appears in an Idaho courtroom.

Latah County’s prosecuting attorney, Bill Thompson, has also said more information about Kohberger’s arrest and the clues that led investigators to him, would be released after Kohberger returns to Idaho for court dates. Kohberger's attorney in Pennsylvania, Jason LaBar, told the Associated Press his client is looking to proceed with the case so he can be exonerated.

The FBI and Idaho State Police have both assisted local law enforcement on the case.

Pennsylvania State Police said they were initially contacted by the FBI last week and asked to assist in surveillance with the case. They then worked closely with the Moscow Police Department and information shared led to three search warrants.

“One was for the person of Mr. Kohberger, collecting DNA and photographs, that sort of thing,” Mancuso said. “One was for the white Elantra vehicle, which I understand has been seized and is being processed, and one for the address that he had been living in with his family.”

A Pennsylvania State Police spokesman said the search warrants were delivered by a special tactical response team in the early hours of Friday morning. While they said the arrest was conducted without any resistance from the Kohbergers, they did confirm several windows and the door of the home were broken by officers.

Police have confirmed that Kohberger lives in Pullman and is a graduate student at Washington State University, which is less than 10 miles away from the University of Idaho.

In a press conference Tuesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry told reporters authorities are still looking for more information.

"This is not the end of this investigation, this is a new beginning," he said.

The Moscow Police Department is still accepting tips on the case.

In a statement Friday afternoon, Washington State University officials confirmed Kohberger was a student, saying he had completed his first semester in WSU’s criminal justice PhD program.

The university said WSU police had assisted Moscow investigators in executing a search warrant at Kohberger's apartment and office, both located on campus.

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Rebecca White is a 2018 graduate of Edward R Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She's been a reporter at Spokane Public Radio since February 2021. She got her start interning at her hometown paper The Dayton Chronicle and previously covered county government at The Spokesman-Review.