The attorney for Bryan Kohberger — the suspect in the fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students — plans to waive extradition at a hearing on Tuesday. Jason LaBar, the chief public defender for Monroe County, Pennsylvania (where Kohberger was arrested) said that his client planned to waive extradition to expedite his return to Idaho. According to a statement LaBar released Sunday on their behalf, Kohberger’s family said “there are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel.” 

University of Idaho students Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho back in November 2022. Kohberger was arrested on Friday in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains after authorities had tracked him down. Police in Moscow, Idaho had been looking for a white Elantra as a possible piece of evidence; and a Hyundai Elantra was removed from Kohberger’s home in Pennsylvania on Friday. Moscow Police Chief James Fry said at a press conference Friday: “These murders have shaken our community and no arrest will ever bring back these young students. However, we do believe justice will be found through the criminal process.”

Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson said that Kohberger, a graduate student at Washington State University, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary.

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