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Trial date set for Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger

Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger appeared in court this morning, where a local judge set his court date for June 26.

Kohberger, 28, appeared before Judge Megan Marshall at the Latah County Courthouse for a status conference, where he waived his right to a speedy trial.

The right would have guaranteed him a trial date within 14 days.

Instead, Judge Marshall ordered him to appear for trial over five months later, in late June. The judge also ordered him to be held without bail until his trial date.

Kohberger is the suspected killer of Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen – four University of Idaho students that were found murdered in their off-campus apartment in November.

It took investigators over a month to identify Kohberger, a graduate student at nearby Washington State University, as the suspect.

Washington State University is located in Pullman, Washington – just 13 miles from the site of the murder in Moscow, Idaho.

Kohberger, meanwhile, had left the area and returned to his parents’ home in northeast Pennsylvania. He was arrested in the early morning hours of December 30, and was extradited back to Idaho on January 3.

Since Kohberger has returned to Idaho, investigators have released more details about how they identified the suspect and tracked him thousands of miles across the country.

Police and federal agents managed to identify Kohberger by connecting him to a white Hyundai Elantra that was seen near the crime scene earlier that night.

A probable cause affidavit also revealed that one of the murdered students’ housemates saw the killer leaving the house the night of the murders. According to police, Kohberger matches the description the witness gave.

They also managed to match Kohberger to DNA found on one of the few pieces of evidence the killer left at the scene of the crime – a small leather knife sheath.

The sheath contained a tiny amount of DNA within its button snap, which investigators managed to match to DNA found in Kohberger’s parents’ garbage.

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