Transcription of important portions of press conference
(from the WFLA stream
Moscow Police Chief Richard Fry:
Last night, in conjunction with Pennsylvania State Police, FBI, detectives arrested 28-year-old Bryan Christopher Kohberger on the murders of Ethan, Xana, Madison, and Kaylee. [...] Kohberger resides in Pullman, WA and is a graduate student at Washington State University.
We do believe justice will be found through the criminal process. This was a very complex and extensive case. We developed a clear picture over time
and we stand assured that the work is not done, it's just getting started.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson:
It's sad to be here, but happy to be here at the same time. As Chief Fry indicated, a criminal complaint was filed yesterday here in Latah County, charging the defendant Mr. Kohberger with four counts of 1st degree murder in addition to felony burglary
, which involves injuring the residents with the intent to commit the crime of murder.
The factual basis for the charges are summarized in what's called the probable cause affidavit that's on file with the court. According to the Idaho Supreme Court, that is sealed until Mr. Kohberger is physically back in Latah County and has been served with an Idaho arrest warrant. At that time, we expect that that affidavit will be available to you so you can share the true facts with your readers, and your watchers, and your listeners.
[Mr. Kohberger] is being held without bond, and the the warrant from our magistrate judge here also provides for no bond
. We understand that he is scheduled to be back in court in Pennsylvania next Tuesday afternoon and that a public defender has been appointed for him there
[To the media] Please ask the public, anyone who knows about this individual, to come forward, call the tip line, report anything you know about him to help the investigators
, and eventually our office, and the court system understand fully everything there is to know about not only the individual, but what happened, and why
Idaho State Police Director Kedrick Wells:
This investigation is far from over. This is not an ending, but rather a new beginning. The difference now is, as he [Thompson] shared, that we are dictated what information we can share by the court process and by laws of our State of Idaho.
Can you tell us what tip, what lead, what piece of evidence really led you all the way from Idaho to the suspect in Pennsylvania?
As I've said in the past, that's part of our investigation and we won't be releasing that at this time. We will have those answers, we will have them as soon as we can make those available to you.
Is our community safe? Or, is law enforcement still on the search for other suspects who might be involved in this attack?
What I can tell you is we have an individual in custody who committed these, um, horrible crimes
and, uh, I do believe our community is safe but we still need to be vigilant, right? We still have talked about this in the past, we always need to be aware of our surroundings and make sure that we're aware of what's going on.
Can you tell us why [the cleanup at the house was rapidly stopped]?
Yes, uh, the house cleanup has been halted and that came by a legal request from the court
Have you identified a motive?
That's part of the investigation and that will, um, come out as we continue the investigation. But what we still ask is for people to continually send us things in the tip line.
Have you guys found the murder weapon or the Hyundai Elantra?
So we are still looking for, um, all pieces of evidence, um, but we are still looking for the, the, the weapon
, and I will say that, uh, we have found an Elantra
Can you talk a little bit more about the suspect's connection to Pennsylvania?
All I know is that he lives in Pennsylvania.