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The A man accused of brutally stabbing four University of Idaho students told police it was “very sad what happened” to the victims.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, made the comment to officers as he was being extradited from Pennsylvania to Idaho. last week, according to a law enforcement source who spoke to People.
The source who was involved in the extradition process told the outlet that the murder suspect did not speak directly about the murders of the students, but did comment on their tragic fates.
“He said, ‘It’s really sad what happened to them,’ but he didn’t say anything else,” the source said. “He’s smarter than that.”
The source also told the outlet thatThe criminology doctoral student “seemed really nervous.”
“He was narrating to himself everything that was going on,” the source said. “At one point, he was like, ‘I’m fine, this is fine.’ As if he was assuring himself that all this was not horrible.
The DNA evidence found on a knife sheath left at the crime scene links him to the murders, as well as phone records and his car.
Kohberger was arrested December 30 and charged with four counts of murder and one count of felony robbery in the November 13 stabbing deaths of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
Two other students who lived in the house and were inside at the time of the crimes were unharmed, though one had a chilling moment with the masked killer that left her paralyzed with fear.
Investigators linked Kohberger to the senseless killings through his cell phone data, the make and model of the car, and DNA found on a knife sheath left at the scene.
Authorities have found no connection between Kohberger and his alleged victims or a motive.
However, data from the phone revealed that he had been in the area of the students’ home in Moscow, Idaho, at least a dozen times before they were murdered in their beds.
His phone rang in the area at odd hours. All but one of the 12 calls found on his phone rang in the late afternoon and early morning.
Kohberger attended Washington Pullman State University, which is about 10 miles from the students’ home.
He is being held in the Latah County Jail in Idaho, away from other inmates for his own safety.
A source at the jail told People that the defendant is adjusting to his new life.
“He keeps to himself, he is away from the other prisoners,” the source said. “But he does talk to the guards a bit and he seems to be getting used to the place.”
Kohberger made his first court appearance in the state last Thursday. He is scheduled to return to court this Thursday for a pretrial hearing.
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