Parents of one of Idaho quadruple murder victims reveal she had previously moved out, only returned to house to visit friend for weekend

In virtually all of the reporting on the Nov. 13, 2022, quadruple murder of students enrolled at the University of Idaho, it was assumed that three of the four young victims had lived together in the off-campus rental home in Moscow, Idaho, where the brutal slayings occurred.

It has since been revealed by the parents of one of those victims, Kaylee Goncalves, had actually moved out of that rental home and had only been there on the night of the murders to spend the weekend with her best friend and former roommate, the Daily Wire reported.

That friend of Goncalves, 21, was Madison Mogen, 21, and they were both stabbed to death around 4 a.m. on November 13 along with housemate Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, who had been staying the night as well.

Victim had already moved out, returned for the weekend

NBC News reported last week that Goncalves’ parents, Kristi and Steve, revealed in an interview with “Dateline” that their daughter Kaylee had already moved out of the off-campus rental home in Moscow in preparation to graduate early and begin working at a job she had already secured at an IT firm based in Austin, Texas.

Prior to starting that new job, though, Goncalves had returned to the house in Moscow to show Mogen the new Range Rover she had just purchased as well as to attend a party with friends and spend time together for the weekend.

“These girls were best friends since sixth grade, like inseparable,” the mother said of the two young women. She added that that the pair had lived together, “were true, ultimate best friends,” and that “Maddie had been a huge part of our life.”

Suspect in court

The primary suspect in the slayings, Bryan Kohberger, 28, a graduate student at nearby Washington State University, was arrested at the home of his parents in Pennsylvania in late December and was subsequently extradited to Idaho to face burglary and first-degree murder charges in the deaths of the four victims.

According to Law & Crime, Kohberger appeared in court for a preliminary hearing last week in which he was again denied bail and was ordered to remain in custody “pending further proceedings” by Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall.

The judge further confirmed once again that Kohberger understood the charges against him and, though he has yet to enter a plea in that regard, the outlet noted that it was widely presumed that he would plead not guilty based on statements from the public defender assigned to represent him.

Per Fox News, Kohberger waived his right to a speedy trial during that hearing in order to allow his attorney more time to review the allegations and evidence presented against him.

Probable cause affidavit

Presuming that the evidence presented against Kohberger at trial is substantially similar or greater than what was included in the probable cause affidavit submitted to obtain an arrest warrant, there appears to be a number of “bad facts” weighted against his anticipated declaration of innocence, Law & Crime noted.

That affidavit seemingly pinned Kohberger to the scene of the crime in three separate ways, including through DNA evidence obtained from a knife sheath found at the scene that matched his father’s DNA as well as through a review of multiple surveillance camera videos from various businesses and residences in both Idaho and Washington that identified his vehicle and placed it near the scene at the time of the murders.

He was also identified and linked to the crime through cell phone records that showed his phone had pinged more than a dozen times off a cellular tower that provided coverage to the area of the home of the victims both before and after the murders, which suggests that he had stalked at least one of the victims and planned out the horrific crime over the span of a month or two, as well as returned to the scene of the crime after the deadly deed had been committed.

Kohberger’s next court hearing is scheduled for June 26, after which it will be determined if the case is ready to move forward to trial. If convicted of any of the four murders he is charged with, he could ultimately face the death penalty, according to Fox News.

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