Idaho murders: Suspect Bryan Kohberger set to appear in court

The suspect accused of killing four University of Idaho students is scheduled to appear in Monroe County, Pa., court on Tuesday afternoon as he faces charges of first-degree murder and heist.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, Ph.D. a student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, will appear in court to hear the charges and as a first step in his extradition to Idaho. He wore a suicide gown at all times while in custody.

PHOTO: Idaho college murder suspect Bryan Kohberger arrives at the Monroe County Courthouse ahead of his extradition hearing on January 3, 2023 in Stroudsburg, Penn.

Idaho college murder suspect Bryan Kohberger arrives at the Monroe County Courthouse ahead of his extradition hearing on January 3, 2023 in Stroudsburg, Penn.

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Kohberger’s parents and two sisters plan to appear in court, according to Kohberger’s attorney, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar.

LaBar said Kohberger “intends to waive his extradition hearing to expedite his transportation to Idaho.” LaBar said Kohberger “looks forward to being cleared of these charges and looks forward to resolving these issues as quickly as possible.”

PHOTO: Bryan Kohberger appears in this undated photo.

Bryan Kohberger is shown in this undated photo.

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LaBar told ABC News the death penalty is on the table.

Kohberger was arrested Friday in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for the Nov. 13 murders of roommates Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, as well as Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin. All four victims were stabbed to death in the off-campus girls’ house in the middle of the night.

PHOTO: This photo provided by the Monroe County Correctional Facility (Pennsylvania) shows Bryan Kohberger.

This photo provided by the Monroe County Correctional Facility (Pennsylvania) shows Bryan Kohberger. Arrest papers filed by Pennsylvania State Police in Monroe County Court on December 30, 2022 said Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition in connection with a criminal investigation into the homicide of four University of Idaho students, based on an active first-degree murder warrant issued by the Moscow Police Department and the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office.

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After Kohberger’s semester in Washington State ended in December, he and his father traveled across the country together, arriving at the family home in Pennsylvania on December 13, exactly one month after the murders, LaBar told ABC News.

They drove the pre-planned road trip in the white Hyundai Elantra that authorities said they were looking for in connection to the murders, according to LaBar.

The father and son have been arrested twice in Indiana, once for speeding and once for tailgating, LaBar said.

PHOTO: A photo posted by Kaylee Goncalves just days ago shows University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Goncalves.  The four were found dead in an off-campus house on November 13, 2022.

A photo posted by Kaylee Goncalves just days ago shows University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Goncalves. The four were found dead in an off-campus house on November 13, 2022.

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Police have not said what led them to Kohberger, but law enforcement sources told ABC News that authorities identified him as a suspect through public DNA genealogy databases.

The probable cause affidavit, which details the reasons for the arrest, is sealed and will not be released until he returns to Idaho, according to Latah County, Idaho District Attorney Bill Thompson.

PHOTO: Moscow, Idaho, Police Captain Anthony Dahlinger and other law enforcement officers packed up and removed the personal effects of four University of Idaho homicide victims from their rental home, last week.

Moscow, Idaho, Police Captain Anthony Dahlinger and other law enforcement officers packed up and removed the personal effects of four University of Idaho homicide victims from their rental home, the week last.

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No further arrests are expected, Moscow Police Chief James Fry told ABC News.

The chief said the Moscow Police Department’s only prior interaction with Kohberger was a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt issued while the suspect was driving the white Elantra.

Steve Goncalves, father of victim Kaylee Goncalves, said the arrest brought relief and comfort.

It was “like a cloud had lifted from us,” he told “Good Morning America.” “All this torture of waiting had a purpose and a meaning.”

Kohberger’s family said in a statement, “We care deeply for the four families who have lost their precious children. There are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel.”

“We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and our brother,” the family said.

ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth, Luke Barr, Nick Cirone, Matt Foster and Christopher Looft contributed to this report.

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