February 5, 2023

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United States arrested, the alleged killer of four University of Idaho students

Today, police announced the arrest of a 28-year-old man accused of killing four University of Idaho students. The arrest comes after seven weeks of investigation by law enforcement. Alleged killer Brian Christopher Kohberger was arrested in northeastern Pennsylvania during the investigation into the fatal Nov. 13 stabbing that rocked the 9,000-person campus and prompted the university to ramp up security and offer a remote educational option for the remainder of the fall semester.

Kohberger has been taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police and is being held in the Monroe County Jail pending extradition on Tuesday.

“This was a very complex and large-scale case,” Moscow Police Chief James Frey told a news conference. “We are sure that the job is not over. It has just begun.” Kohberger’s next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Pennsylvania. Latta County District Attorney Bill Thompson said, “This is not the end of the investigation. In fact, this is a new beginning.” The FBI and Idaho State Police teamed up with Moscow police to investigate more than 19,000 reports as they searched for the killers of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin and Zanna Kernodel and 21-year-old Madison Maugen and Kylie Goncalves in their sleep. An autopsy later revealed that each student had been stabbed multiple times and that some showed signs of trying to fight off their attacker. There were no indications of sexual assault.

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