Police confiscate bedding from suspect who stabbed 4 Idaho students

Police confiscate bedding from suspect who stabbed 4 Idaho students

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Investigators seized stained bedding, strands of hair and a single glove – but no gun – when they searched the Washington state home of a graduate student accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death newly unsealed court records.

The search warrant for Bryan Kohberger’s home and the Washington State University office was unsealed Tuesday by a Washington state judge.

Kohberger is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary in connection with the murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in the neighboring city of Moscow, Idaho.

Investigators found nothing suspicious in Kohberger’s office at WSU, where he was a teaching assistant and graduate student studying criminology.

They took 15 items from his on-campus apartment, including a black nitrite glove, clippings from a pillow with a reddish-brown stain, and a stained mattress cover.

The Washington State University Police Department searched the home on Dec. 30, the same day Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in eastern Pennsylvania.

The killing of four University of Idaho students on November 13, 2022 has left many in the community shocked and concerned about the possibility of a repeat attack. Police released few details for weeks but have repeatedly said they have not found the weapon used to commit the crime.

After Kohberger was extradited to Idaho, documents filed in the murder case showed police found a large knife sheath near one of the victims. However, the knife itself was nowhere to be found.

According to the search warrant, the investigators did not secure a weapon from Kohberger’s apartment. They took several strands of “possible hair,” including one that was identified as a “possible animal hair strand.” They also took some store receipts, a tag from a company that makes overalls and other workwear, and two store receipts. A vacuum cleaner trash can, a computer tower and a “Fire TV” stick were also collected.

In the search warrant application, Moscow Police Sgt. Dustin Baker said investigators were looking for a variety of possible evidence, including pictures of the stabbing victims or their home, data that might indicate an interest in planning murders or violence, anything with DNA and dark clothes and knives.

Court records do not indicate whether the items collected from Kohberger’s home contained any evidence related to the murder case.

Kohberger has not yet had an opportunity to plead, and Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall has issued a full gag order on the attorneys and others involved in the case.

Kohberger is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on June 26, where the judge will decide if there is enough evidence to warrant the felony charge.

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