Brian Kochberger case: Surviving roommate ‘scared to death’ after meeting suspect, lawyer says

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MOSCOW, Idaho — The roommate who survived the Nov. 13 quadruple homicide near the University of Idaho campus was able to provide police with “additional identification” of the suspect, the family’s attorney said Saturday. Kaylee Goncalves.

Attorney Shannon Gray told Fox News’ “Cavuto Live” that one of the two survivors of the horrific attack “is still a victim in this case.”

“And the fact that he was able to provide additional identification, I think is helpful in this case. He was able to give the type and type of construction and what [the suspect] kind of like a little bushy brow and stuff,” he said.

In a statement released Tuesday, the housemate, identified only as DM, “answered her door for the third time this Sunday morning after hearing crying and seeing a figure dressed in black and a mask covering the mouth and nose of a man walking by. toward him.”

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Kayleigh Goncalves, one of four University of Idaho students, was found murdered in a home near campus on Sunday.
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“DM described the character as 5’10” or taller, not very muscular, but athletic with bushy eyebrows,” the statement said.

After passing the suspect, DM, who was frozen by the door to the second floor of the home, the suspect walked up to the rear sliding glass door and “DM locked himself in the bedroom. after seeing someone he didn’t see.’ recognize

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Gray doesn’t know exactly why the DM closed the door on him, but speculated that he was “scared to death” during the meeting.

At 11:58 that evening, the roommate’s cell phone called 911. Police arrived around noon and found the four victims — Goncalves and Madison Mogen, 21, and their 20-year-old housemate, Hana Kernodle — and her. her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20.

Madison Mogen, 21 (top left); Kaylee Goncalves, 21 (bottom left); Ethan Chapin, 20 (middle); and 20-year-old Zana Kernodl (bottom right) shared in her latest Instagram post, pictured a day before the murder.
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Upon arrival, the victims were stabbed to death with what investigators believe was a “knife weapon.” Investigators also found a brown leather Ka-Bar knife sheath next to Mogen’s bed on the third floor where he and Goncalves were stabbed to death. According to police, the shell contained the only source of DNA matching the suspect’s profile.

On December 30, the Moscow Police Department appointed Brian Kochberger, 28, a doctor of criminology. The prime suspect in the case is a student at Washington State University in nearby Pullman. Kochberger’s car, a white 2015 Hyundai Elantra, and his phone appear to have linked him to the crime scene on the morning of Nov. 13.

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Five days after the tragedy, on November 18, Kochberger changed the registration number of his car.

A month after the murders on November 13, a surveillance camera in Colorado captured the car. Authorities in Indiana arrested Kochberger twice before releasing him to his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 15, where investigators found debris containing DNA that “doesn’t rule out the male as the biological father of the suspect profile.”

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Gray said Goncalves’ family said they were “initially relieved to find the suspect” and put “a name and a face” on him.

Brian Kochberger, 28, is accused of killing Ethan Chapin, Zana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen.

Brian Kochberger, 28, is accused of killing Ethan Chapin, Zana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen.
(Latah County Sheriff’s Office)

“Nobody knew anything about Kochberger until he was arrested,” explained the lawyer. “We didn’t know anything until the name came out. Since then, with a name and a face, I think all the families come back and look for it. [are] any contact between any of the victims in the case”.

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The police did not reveal the motive for the murder.

A Latah County judge ordered Kochberger held without bail at a local jail during an initial hearing Tuesday morning.

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