Idaho suspect appears in court, waives extradition

Idaho College Killings

(NewsNation) — The man accused of killing four University of Idaho students appeared in court Tuesday where he waived extradition.

Alleged killer Bryan Kohberger, 28, told the judge he is not on any medication that would impact his decision-making. He is expected to be sent to Idaho within 10 days.

Kohberger is accused of fatally stabbing four students: Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. Kohberger was arrested in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Friday and has been held at Monroe County Correctional Facility where he awaits extradition.

Kohberger nodded to his family seated in the front row. His mother cried as his sister comforted her.

Once Kohberger is on the ground in Idaho that is when Idaho state law allows the court to unseal the probable cause affidavit, which will have an abundance of information about what led to Kohberger’s arrest.

Kohberger is expected to be brought to the Latah County Jail in Moscow, Idaho — less than 2 miles away from the killings on Nov. 13.

“Once he gets here, he’ll have an initial appearance with our magistrate. They’ll deal with issues such as making sure competent counsel is representing him, and the case will be scheduled for hearings,” said Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson.

Later Tuesday, the Moscow Police Department announced a Latah County judge issued a gag order in the case, barring law enforcement personnel and attorneys from talking about the case.

“Due to this court order, the Moscow Police Department will no longer be communicating with the public or the media regarding this case,” the police department said in a news release.

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