Kohberger Waives Right to Fight Extradition

Murder suspect showed little emotion during brief hearing in Pennsylvania
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2022 3:50 PM CST
Updated Jan 3, 2023 3:26 PM CST
Idaho Slayings Suspect to Waive Extradition: Lawyer
Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students, is escorted to an extradition hearing at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)
UPDATE Jan 3, 2023 3:26 PM CST

Bryan Kohberger has waived his right to fight extradition to Idaho, where he is accused of murdering four University of Idaho students in November. The 28-year-old suspect was taken to Pennsylvania’s Monroe County Courthouse in a prison van Tuesday and did not answer reporters' questions, CNN reports. The AP reports that Kohberger, a criminology graduate student who was arrested at his parents' Pennsylvania home on Friday, showed little emotion during the brief hearing. Idaho officials are now expected to arrange his transport to the state.

Dec 31, 2022 3:50 PM CST

The man charged with killing four University of Idaho students last month will waive his extradition hearing, a public defender said Saturday. Bryan Kohberger is being held without bail in Pennsylvania. Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar told CNN that the suspect will act to expedite his transfer to Idaho. "Mr. Kohberger is eager to be exonerated of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as promptly as possible," LaBar said. Idaho authorities have said that Kohberger had driven from Idaho to Pennsylvania; LaBar said Saturday that the suspect's father had gone to Idaho to make the drive with him so his son could spend the holidays with his family.

LaBar said he hasn't discussed the prosecution's case against Kohberger because he's only representing him on the extradition issue. "We don't really know much about the case," LaBar said. "I don't have any affidavit or probable cause." The four victims were University of Idaho students: Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20. No one has reported any connection between the suspect and the students. LaBar told CNN he has urged that Kohberger undergo psychological testing before court proceedings begin. (More University of Idaho stories.)

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