Bryan Kohberger was standing in the kitchen, wearing latex gloves and putting his personal trash into separate Ziploc bags on the morning police raided his parents’ Pennsylvania home and arrested him in connection to the murders of four University of Idaho students.
The new details about the 28-year-old’s behavior on December 30 were revealed by Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso following the release of a search warrant last week with a lengthy list of items seized by the Pennsylvania police.
Police seized multiple knives, a handgun with ammunition and a black mask from his parents’ house, and they took a shovel, multiple Ziploc bags, hiking boots and a wrench from the accused killer’s white Hyundai Elantra.
The assistant DA said Kohberger’s use of gloves to separate trash is possibly why investigators only recovered DNA from his family members, and not from the suspect, after taking trash from the home to be tested.
Kohberger is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. They were found stabbed to death at an off-campus house in Moscow on November 13.
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Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger, 28, was wearing latex gloves and putting his personal trash into Ziploc bags at his parents’ home on the morning of his arrest
University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves (second from left, bottom) and Madison Mogen (second from left, top), Ethan Chapin (center) and Xana Kernodle (second from right) were stabbed to death on November 13 in Moscow, Idaho
Police descended on Kohberger’s family home at the Indian Mountain Lake Estates in Chestnuthill Township of Albrightsville just before 1:30 a.m. on December 30.
‘Mr. Kohberger was found awake in the kitchen area dressed in shorts and a shirt, wearing latex medical type gloves and apparently was taking his personal trash and putting it into a separate zip lock baggies,’ Mancuso told BRCTV13.
Mancuso said Kohberger’s actions and behavior in those early morning hours could shed light on his mental state and play an important role in court.
‘It could very explain some of the other aspects of the case from Idaho, some of the lengths that a person would go to to avoid having their DNA left behind when they know or should’ve known that there was an investigation underway,’ he said.
Two other key items would be his shoes and the cheek swab.
‘I would be keen on the shoes, the size of the shoes, comparison to any shoe impressions that might have been recovered at the scene – that sort of thing,’ he said.
Mancuso added that the cheek swab would also play a crucial role.
‘Something that they could compare to the DNA of, I believe, the snap button for the sheath of the knife,’ he explained.
Monroe County First Assistant Michael Mancuso gave new details about Kohberger’s behavior on the morning he was arrested at his parents’ home in connection to the Idaho murders
Police descended on Kohberger’s family home at the Indian Mountain Lake Estates in Chestnuthill Township of Albrightsville just before 1:30 a.m. on December 30
Police also seized a shovel from the accused murderer ‘s white Hyundai Elantra, along with multiple zip lock bags, hiking boots and a wrench
The Monroe County District Attorney’s office shared the new details after a search warrant was released that revealed a full list of items seized by Pennsylvania police from his parents’ house, including multiple knives, a handgun with ammunition and a black mask.
Police also seized a shovel from the accused murderer‘s white Hyundai Elantra, along with multiple zip lock bags, hiking boots and a wrench. They removed the car seats, a door panel and the brake and gas pedals from the vehicle for testing too.
Cops tied him to the gruesome quadruple murder of four college kids after tracking his white Hyundai to the scene. They also matched his DNA to a sample that was left on a knife sheath found at the scene. The murder weapon was not recovered at the house.
But the newly unsealed warrant reveals cops seized three knives from Kohberger’s parents’ property, including one in another sheath.
Police also seized a ‘black mask’, which is not dissimilar to the black ski mask described by the surviving roommate who saw the murderer leave the scene on November 13.
Bryan Kohberger will return to court in June. He is shown in custody in January
All together 63 items were seized from Kohberger’s parents’ house, including multiple items of clothing, books, documents, bills and prescriptions.
Police had been watching Kohberger for days before they raided the house in the early hours of December 30.
The former criminal psychology student is due back in court in June. He is yet to enter a plea.
The off-campus house where the killings took place is soon to be demolished.
Another search warrant that was unsealed earlier this week revealed cops also took a flashlight, medical gloves and Kohberger’s underwear.
THE FULL LIST OF EVIDENCE TAKEN FROM BRYAN KOHBERGER’S HOUSE
- Book with underlining on page 118
- AT&T bill for Bryan C. Kohberger
- Glock 22 Gen S. 40 Caliber serial #BMXVSQI
- Smith & Wesson pocket knife
- Folder containing vehicle paperwork
- Acer laptop
- Green leafy substance in green container
- Green leafy substance in plastic bag
- White paper with password
- Power cable
- Cell phone
- Three Glock 40 caliber magazines (empty)
- Black face masks
- Black gloves
- 1 black hat 1 black mask
- Personal identifying documents
- New Balance shoes
- Dark colored jacket
- Dark jackets
- Dark color shirts
- Dark color pants
- Clear plastic glove
- Laptop with damage
- Record of sale Glock 22. Gen s 40 Caliber
- Item photographed but not taken
- Note in desk
- Criminal psychology book
- XL Columbia Navy fleece
- A man’s hand drawing
- 10 (non legible) inside glove inside box
- Various criminology books, notes, license, card
- Dark color hats
- Black gloves
- Washington State University paperwork
- Note from Bryan from Montana
- Medical documents
- Court documents
- Note to Dad from Bryan
- Colored spiral notebook
- Dark colored clothes
- HP all-in-one computer
- Dark clothes in laundry basket
- Taylor cutlery knife with leather sheath
- Four buccal swabs
- 2 pair of dark colored boots
- 1 pair of brown boots
FROM THE WHITE HYUNDAI ELANTRA:
- Ziplock bag with pink zipper
- Plastic baggie with green zipper
- 7 quarters
- 36 dimes
- 32 nickels
- 8 pennies
- Car insurance card
- Car registration
- Hiking boots
- Comfort Inn room key holder and stay information
- Tire irons
- Floor mats
- Reflective vest
- Used water bottles
- Door panel
- Seats and seat cushions
- Brake pedal
- Gas pedal
- Phone charger
- Band aid
- Seat Belt
FROM PREVIOUSLY UNSEALED WARRANT;
- One silver flashlight
- Four medical style gloves
- White Arizona jean co. large t-shirt
- Champion WSU large black sweatshirt
- Pair of black and white size 13 Nike shoes
- Pair of black Under Armour socks
- Under Armour black large shorts
- Under Armour black boxers large
- One buccal swab