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Suspect in Idaho college slayings agrees to extradition

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The doctoral student accused in the November stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students will soon be transferred to Idaho to face murder charges there, after he agreed at a Tuesday court hearing in Pennsylvania not to fight extradition, local media reported.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody last Thursday in Monroe County in eastern Pennsylvania, where he was visiting family. Kohberger has been working toward a criminal justice PhD degree at Washington State University, located near the University of Idaho campus.

Jason LaBar, his public defender in Monroe County, told NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday that Kohberger believes he will be exonerated. He faces four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary.

The crime stunned the small college town of Moscow in northwestern Idaho, where the four victims – three women and one man – were found dead on the morning of Nov. 13 in the women’s house.

The victims – Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho – all suffered multiple stab wounds, according to authorities. Chapin was Kernodle’s boyfriend.

Two other female roommates in the house at the time of the killings were unharmed, apparently having slept through the attack.

Kernodle and Chapin had attended a party the night before, while best friends Mogen and Goncalves had visited a local bar and food truck, with all four returning to the house before 2 a.m. Authorities have said the slayings occurred between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Authorities have not publicly disclosed a motive but have said they are confident Kohberger is responsible for all four killings. A probable cause affidavit that lays out the basis for the charges will offer additional details, prosecutors have said, but it remains under seal until Kohberger is physically in Idaho.

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Security workers and Pennsylvania State Agents stand guard at the gate of the private Indian Mountain Lake community after Pennsylvania State Police took into custody Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old suspect wanted in the killings of four University of Idaho students, in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 30, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 25, poses for a jail booking photograph at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania, U.S. December 30, 2022. Monroe County Correctional Facility/Handout via REUTERS.

Attendees raise their phones showing digital candles to honor the victims during a vigil at the University of Idaho for four students found dead in their residence on November 13 in Moscow, Idaho, U.S., November 30, 2022. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson