Search warrant open in suspected Idaho student murder case

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A Washington court has revealed search warrant documents used to recover evidence from the home and office of Bryan Kohberger, the 28-year-old accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November, according to documents made publicly available by Law & Crime Wednesday.

“These warrants and associated requests were sealed due to the sensitive nature of the investigation at that time. Since then, an extensive affidavit of probable cause has been filed in Latah County, Idaho, which has alleviated the need to seal the Return of Service here in Washington,” the court documents say.

Read the unsealed search warrants in the Bryan Kohberger investigation

Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbings of Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20.

The suspect was a graduate student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University and was living in Pullman, Wash., when he was arrested last month.

Items recovered from his residence included “a dark red collection”, pillow cutouts with reddish-brown stains and part of a mattress cover with stains.

Other items listed include a black nitrate-type glove, store receipts and a Dickies tag, several hairs, dust from a vacuum cleaner, a Fire TV stick, and a computer tower, among other things.

There is no mention of potential items recovered from the suspect’s office. It remains unclear whether anything has been recovered or whether information about the execution of this search warrant is still under wraps.

The victims were found dead in an off-campus home on November 13, killed with what investigators believe was a knife.

Investigators linked Kohberger to the crime scene after DNA on a brown leather knife sheath found next to one of the victims was linked to DNA in trash recovered from Kohberger’s family home, according to the statement of probable cause that led to his arrest.

Police also traced ownership of a white Hyundai Elantra seen in the area of ​​the murders to Kohberger, according to two police sources briefed on the investigation.

A judge last week scheduled a preliminary probable cause hearing to begin June 26 after Kohberger waived his right to a speedy hearing. He has been held without bail at the Latah County Jail in Idaho since his extradition from Pennsylvania, where he was arrested nearly seven weeks after the murders.

Kohberger has yet to file an appeal.

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