A Latta County judge has already issued a gag order. Telling the parties they cannot talk about the case outside of court.
MOSCOW, Idaho – The mother of one of the victims wiped away tears as Brian Christopher Bryan Kohberger. The man accused of killing four University of Idaho students. Made his first court appearance in the state.
A handcuffed Kohberger, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit.
Faced Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall and answered “yes”. When asked if she understood her rights and the charges against her.
He is accused of killing Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway. Washington; 21-year-old Madison Mogen of Coeur d’Alene. Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona. And Kylie Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho, Nov. 13 at a home in Moscow.
Four counts of first-degree murder carry penalties. That can range from life in prison to the death penalty.
Goncalves’ mother, Christy Goncalves, sat in the front row and wiped away tears as her husband. Steve, wrapped his arm around her shoulder as Marshall read the charges.
Bryan Kohberger’s court appearance prompted the release of before sealed documents. Prolonging the police investigation that led to his arrest.
Key disclosures in the affidavit filed. And supporting the arrest by police in Moscow, Idaho include:
Told police that she saw a figure “of a man dressed in black and wearing a mask covering his face. And nose”, who stood and “walked by” a ‘ In the frozen shock phase’.
A knife sheath found near Mogen’s body was a “single source of male DNA”. The discovery prompted Pennsylvania police to recover. “Junk from the Kohberger family house” in Albrightsville. Where authorities said they found genetic evidence linking him to the Moscow murders.
Police claim they have video of Bryan Kohberger’s Hyundai Elantra near. The crime scene at the time of the Nov. 13 killings and evidence. That his cellphone was near the Moscow home in the early hours of the morning.
Shannon Gray, an attorney for the Goncalves family. Said her clients were understandably shaken to see the suspect in person.
“It’s an emotional time for the family seeing the defendant for the first time.” Gray told reporters outside court.
“This is the beginning of the criminal justice system, and the family will be here for a long time.”
Marshall this week ordered police. Attorneys and officials directly involved in the trial not to speak publicly. Or share any information about Kohberger’s prosecution outside courtroom walls.
Marshall ordered that the parties, “investigators, law enforcement personnel, attorneys. From making extrajudicial comments, written or oral, about this case.”
Kohberger arrived in Latah Counrty on Wednesday after a cross. Country trip from northeastern Pennsylvania.
Where he was arrested on Friday.
Also to the murder charge, Bryan Kohberger was also charged with burglary. Breaking into a home in this small college town — with intent to commit a felony.
At the time of the murder, Bryan Kohberger was a doctoral student studying criminal justice. And criminology at Washington State University in Pullman. Just over the state line from Moscow. A WSU official said Kohberger is no longer enrolled.