Brian Koberger, the man accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November, is back in Idaho after waiving extradition from his home state of Pennsylvania.
Law enforcement escorted Koberger to the Latah County Jail Wednesday night. He was charged with four counts of murder and one count of burglary, according to jail records.
Earlier Wednesday, an online flight tracker showed the Pennsylvania State Police plane believed to be carrying Kohberger had arrived at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, just across the border in Washington state. A CNN crew at the airport saw Idaho law enforcement vehicles at the scene.
Kohberger was turned over from the Monroe County Correctional Facility to Pennsylvania State Police authorities, Warden Gary Heidel told CNN. State police would not comment on any inmate transports, according to their policy.
Koberger was arrested on Friday in Pennsylvania, nearly seven weeks after Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found fatally stabbed Nov. 13 at a home off campus in Moscow, Idaho.
Authorities have not yet released key details about the case, such as whether the suspect knew the victims and what a motive might have been.
Investigators zeroed in on Kochberger as a suspect after tracing ownership of a white Hyundai Elantra that was seen in the area of the killings, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.
His DNA also matched genetic material found in the home where the students were killed, the sources said.
The suspect recently completed his first semester as a doctoral student in the criminal justice program at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, about a 15-minute drive west of Moscow.
He went home to Pennsylvania for the holidays, accompanied by his father, said Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBarre. The father and son arrived around December 17.
The white Elantra authorities have been looking for in connection with the murders was found at Koberger’s parents’ house, LaBarre said.
An FBI surveillance team tracked Kochberger for four days before his arrest while law enforcement worked with prosecutors to develop enough probable cause to obtain a warrant, the two law enforcement sources said.
The probable cause affidavit, which will contain information that would warrant the suspect’s arrest, remains sealed until he appears in court in Idaho.
A court order bars the prosecution and defense from commenting outside of public records.
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