A suspect was recently arrested in connection with the brutal slaying of four students at the University of Idaho, and now an acquaintance of the alleged murderer has spoken out to share some observations about the man who is now in police custody.
Benjamin Roberts, a graduate student at Washington State University who was a classmate with the accused killer, Bryan Kohberger, revealed that there were some noticeable changes in Kohberger’s behavior and demeanor following the horrific crime, NewsNation reported.
Both Roberts and Kohberger were graduate students studying criminology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, which is only about a 15-minute drive from Moscow, Idaho, where the four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death in an off-campus home in November.
Noticeable change in demeanor
In an interview with NewsNation, Roberts recalled how Kohberger often seemed to be exceptionally tired and stressed out but that he noticeably changed in the time period after the murders had occurred.
“I did notice he was showing up to class a little late sometimes, he always had a coffee in hand, he always seemed to be just perpetually exhausted,” Roberts told the outlet. “Bryan seemed like he was on the knife’s edge between exhaustion and worn out and at the time it was extremely difficult to tell which was which.”
Yet, after the quadruple murders had transpired, the fellow student said Kohberger “did seem to get a little chattier going into the later parts of the term.”
Roberts went on to describe Kohberger as “awkward” and the sort of person who always had to try and prove that he was the smartest individual in the room. He also said that Kohberger never really talked about the Idaho murders, though he admitted that he didn’t talk much with Kohberger toward the end of the semester as he was too busy with his own workload.
Kohberger family releases statement
NBC News reported Sunday that, following Kohberger’s arrest at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania, the Kohberger family released a statement through the public defender assigned to the suspect, Jason LaBar, at least for the hearings about Kohberger’s extradition to Idaho to face criminal charges.
The family said they wanted to “let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and brother,” and insisted, “We have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than judge unknown facts and make erroneous assumptions.”
The statement also expressed condolences for the four slain individuals and said, “First and foremost 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, and we pray each day for them.”
The family concluded the statement by asking everyone to “respect privacy in this matter as our family and the families suffering loss can move forward through the legal process.”
Extradition will occur soon, charges will be filed upon return to Idaho
According to CBS News, Kohberger waived his extradition rights in a court hearing in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, and while details for his ordered return to Idaho to face charges have not yet been finalized, it could occur anywhere from the next 72 hours to the next 10 days.
When Kohberger does eventually arrive in Idaho, he will be greeted by law enforcement authorities who are waiting to release a probable cause statement with more details about the investigation and formally charge him with four counts of first-degree murder plus felony burglary.