Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger’s family issues statement after his arrest: ‘Presumption of innocence’


The family of the suspect in the Nov. 13 fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students have finally spoken out after his arrest on Friday. 

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody by local police and the FBI at 1:30 p.m. Friday in eastern Pennsylvania on a warrant charging him with four counts of murder and burglary for the deaths of Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21. 

Bryan Christopher Kohberger was arrested Friday morning in connection to the murders of four University of Idaho students. Officials released few details about killings or the suspect during a Friday news conference.
(Washington State University/ Instagram)

“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,” Kohberger’s family said in a statement released by his public defender, Jason A. LaBar. 

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

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On behalf of the victims, Kohberger’s family said “there are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel, and we pray each day for them.” 

“We respect privacy in this matter as our family and the families suffering loss can move forward through the legal process,” the family said. 

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

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

Kohberger, a graduate student studying criminal justice at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, appeared before a judge Friday in Monroe County Court. 

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Pullman is a 15-minute drive from the rental home where the four students were stabbed to death on Nov. 13, 2022. 

Fox News’ Rebecca Rosenberg, Stephanie Pagones, Audrey Conklin and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report. 



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