Gruesome New Details That Led To Idaho Murder Arrest Emerge In Probable Cause Filing

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One of the surviving roommates of the Idaho murder victims heard a cry on the morning of November 13, the date of the quadruple murder.

The roommate awoke at 4 a.m, opened the door, and saw a masked man dressed in black inside the home, according to the probable cause filing which was unsealed Thursday.

Fox News Digital provided a summary of the document:

“The roommate, identified only as D.M., awoke … by what she thought was the sound Kaylee Goncalves playing with her dog, Murphy, on the third floor. 

“A short time later, she heard what she thought was Goncalves saying “there’s someone here,” the document says. 

“D.M. opened her door and heard crying coming from Xana Kernodle’s room and a male voice saying “it’s OK, I’m going to help you.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, is accused of killing Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen. (Latah County Sheriff’s Office)

Per the filing, D.M. opened her door again around 4:17 a.m. and “saw a figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her,” Moscow police officer Brett Payne wrote in the affidavit. The male walked past D.M. as she stood in a ‘frozen shock phase.’”

Note: It wasn’t until 11:58 a.m. until one of the surviving roommates, it’s unclear which, placed the 911 call requesting aid for an unconscious person.

Bryan Kohberger’s DNA

As for the identification of Bryan Kohberger, 28, investigators found a leather knife sheath at the crime scene which contained the suspect’s DNA. The sheath was left behind.

Kohberger’s cell phone was tracked back to the house after the murders. The phone appeared near the home again on November 13 between 9:12 and 9:21 am, around five hours after the attack.

Cell phone pings also show the phone was in the area of the murders at least 12 times before the morning of the killings.

Police arrested Kohberger, a Ph.D. student studying criminology at Washington State University, on Friday at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, and extradited him Wednesday to Idaho. 

The victims of Nov. 13 University of Idaho massacre. (Instagram @xanakernodle / @maddiemogen / @kayleegoncalves)

Kohberger is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary for fatally stabbing Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin in an off campus rental home.

Here’s what we know about Kohberger thus far.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. This doesn’t clarify much. In fact, it raises more questions than answers. We were told this whole time the 2 girls on the bottom floor were asleep/passed out drunk when the slashing was going on. I assumed when 4 were taken out, 2 were by collateral damage (i.e. they woke up/were witnesses). Now they’re saying one chick saw the guy (twice), who also likely also saw her… and nothing happened? She didn’t run or call the cops? Hell, even if she didn’t see the bodies, she at least saw a burglar. So, in response she went back to bed?? No fight or flight??

    Also, if there were only 2 surviving roommates, why are the playing anonymous with the name “D.M.”? If they haven’t already released the survivors’ names, it wouldn’t be that hard to find if you really wanted to know.

    Anyway, this tells us nothing other than one of the surviving roommates is really dumb. We want to know what the motive was. I’d bet dude got disrespected at the bar and started plotting. No way this was all sporadic.

  2. Why is this information being released worldwide in a murder case, which will require a jury, including releasing police body cam of his road side arrest, yet body cam footage of Pelosi’s husband and his ‘friend’ is not only sealed, the NBC reporter has been ‘disappeared’?

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