Suspect in Moscow homicides waives extradition to Idaho

Three search warrants obtained, authorized


Steven M. Falk | Tribune Content AgencyCONT

Bryan Kohberger was arrested on Dec. 30 in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

PUNEET BSANTI, Deputy news editor

After a short day in court in Monroe County, Pennsylvania Tuesday, Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, the suspect in the four Moscow homicides, signed documents that waived his extradition hearing, allowing him to quickly return to Idaho. 

On Thursday, Kohberger was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania on a fugitive from justice arrest warrant. 

“He is wanted on four (4) counts of first-degree murder (Idaho Code 19-4003) and one (1) count of felony burglary (Idaho Code 18-1401) for entering a residence with the intent to commit murder,” according to the Moscow Police Department press release

Monroe Co. (PA) Correctional Facility
Bryan Christopher Kohberger mugshot taken Dec. 30, 2022 at Monroe County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania.

The court ordered he must be extradited within the next 10 days and Pennsylvania State Police said travel arrangements are in discussion.

During the press conference following the extradition hearing, Maj. Christopher Paris, State Police Area III commander, said they were contacted by the FBI to help surveil Kohberger. Paris was involved in the coordinated efforts to take the suspect into custody. 

Three search warrants were obtained and authorized, said Michael Mancuso, Monroe County’s first assistant district attorney. The search warrants were for Kohberger’s person such as DNA and photographs, the white Hyundai Elantra and the residence in Pennsylvania.

The affidavit attached to the search warrants and the documents of the case are sealed and will not be released until Kohberger’s arrival in Idaho according to the state’s law, Mancuso said

Kohberger and his parents were inside the home during the time of the arrest, Paris said. The tactical plan involved multiple windows and doors being broken into to gain access to the home. Kohberger was taken into custody “without incident.” 

Pennsylvania State Police’s Special Emergency Response Team took the lead with Kohberger’s arrest. 

On Sunday, the Kohberger family released a statement saying they “deeply care” for the four families of the University of Idaho students who were killed in November and mentioned their cooperation with the police. 

“We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family, we will love and support our son and brother,” they wrote in the statement. “We have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth rather than judge unknown facts and make erroneous assumptions.” 

The statement ended with the family wanting privacy for themselves and the families suffering a loss as they move forward with the legal process in this case.

Kohberger will continue to stay in the Monroe County Correctional Facility until his extradition back to Idaho, Paris said.