University of Idaho murders: Washington state grad student charged with killing 4

Suspect arrested in Pennsylvania after police went through 19,000 tips

A flyer seeking information about the killings of four University of Idaho students in Moscow. AP
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A graduate student from Washington state has been arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students six weeks ago, authorities said on Friday.

Pennsylvania State Police took 28-year-old Bryan Christopher Kohberger into custody on Thursday night on a fugitive warrant from Idaho, said James Fry, chief of police in Moscow, where the University of Idaho campus is located.

Mr Kohberger has been arraigned in Pennsylvania and was being held without bail pending a hearing on Tuesday to determine whether he would agree to or contest his extradition to Idaho, prosecutor Bill Thompson told reporters.

Mr Thompson said the suspect is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary in connection with the deaths of four undergraduate students — three women and a man — found killed on November 13 in the off-campus house they shared.

Mr Fry said the murder weapon has not been recovered, though police have found a car they had been searching for in connection with the killings.

Authorities said Mr Kohberger was a graduate student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, about 15km from the victims' campus in the neighbouring panhandle of north-west Idaho. He was listed on his university's website as enrolled in the criminal justice and criminology department.

The murders unnerved the college town of Moscow, a community of about 25,000, as police worked to solve the crime over the last six weeks.

Mr Fry said his department had received more than 19,000 tips from the public and has conducted more than 300 interviews as part of its investigation.

Asked at a press conference in Moscow whether authorities were seeking additional suspects, Mr Fry said: “We have an individual in custody who committed these horrible crimes, and I do believe our community is safe.”

He declined to offer a possible motive for the crime or to give any details about the investigation or how authorities located Mr Kohberger in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, about 140km north of Philadelphia, where he was arrested.

Updated: December 30, 2022, 11:34 PM