Bryan Kohberger appears in court: Idaho murders smile as murder charges are read

Bryan Kohberger has appeared in court in Moscow where he was formally charged with the murder of four University of Idaho students – less than an hour after explosive police files revealed that he visited the area around their home 12 times before the murder.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit that read “Latah County” at the brief hearing, Kohberger, 28, remained unmoved as the charges – four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary – were read.

He spent most of the 10-minute hearing directly with Judge Megan Marshall as she read him his rights and the five counts, answering “yes” when asked if he understood each count.

Kohberger remained unmoved throughout, but became momentarily agitated while reading out the final count – the murder of Ethan Chapin for which he faces life imprisonment or the death penalty. Later he smiled at his lawyer.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, wore an orange jumpsuit reading “Latah County” at the brief hearing and remained unmoved as the charges – four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary – were read. Later he smiled at his lawyer

Kohberger spent most of the 10-minute hearing directly with Judge Megan Marshall as she read him his rights and the five counts, answering “yes” when asked if he understood each count

The hearing concluded with Kohberger being denied bail and Judge Marshall convening a status conference for January 12, when a decision will be made on whether or not to hold a speedy preliminary hearing.

The hearing concluded with Kohberger being denied bail and Judge Marshall convening a status conference for January 12, when a decision will be made on whether or not to hold a speedy preliminary hearing.

The hearing concluded with Kohberger being denied bail and Judge Marshall convening a status conference for January 12, when a decision will be made on whether or not to hold a speedy preliminary hearing.

Kohberger, 28, is charged with the November 13 murders of Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in the quiet college town of Moscow, Idaho.

Kaylee Goncalves’ family were also in court, as her mother shook her head and sobbed as her daughter’s murder charges were read.

The hearing concluded with Kohberger being denied bail and Judge Marshall convening a status conference for January 12, when a decision will be made on whether or not to hold a speedy preliminary hearing.

Kohberger, now back in his cell at Latah County Jail, was also not allowed to contact the victims’ families or the two surviving roommates.

Shanon Gray, the Goncalves family’s lawyer, said outside court: “It was an emotional moment for the family to see the defendant for the first time and the family will remember this for a long time to come.”

The apparition came shortly after Latah County released an affidavit with new details about the investigation, including Kohberger’s frequent visits to the area around the murdered sorority house, that he had been seen by a roommate and that his DNA had been found on a brown leather sheath for a Ka-Bar knife left next to the bodies of victims Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21.

The affidavit also states that Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, 20, were found on the second floor, while Xana was discovered slumped on the floor of her bedroom.

According to the document, surviving roommates Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke heard some of what happened, with Mortensen telling police she heard Goncalves say “someone’s here” around 4 a.m.

Ten minutes later she heard a thud and a cry from Xana’s room and a man’s voice saying ‘it’s okay, I’m going to help you’.

At 4:17 a.m., a dog was recorded barking loudly at a neighbor’s security camera. Around the same time, Mortensen said she opened her bedroom door again and saw a tall man with bushy eyebrows exit through the sliding glass doors at the back of the house.

She described being “frozen with shock” when the black-clad man walked up to her and said she locked herself in her room after he left.

A shoe print was later found outside her door.

The explosive police affidavit released today also reveals that Kohberger's white Hyundai Elantra was repeatedly captured on camera near the crime scene before being seen speeding from the home to Pullman at around 4:20 a.m.  Pictured: the home in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were murdered

The explosive police affidavit released today also reveals that Kohberger's white Hyundai Elantra was repeatedly captured on camera near the crime scene before being seen speeding from the home to Pullman at around 4:20 a.m.  Pictured: the home in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were murdered

The explosive police affidavit released today also reveals that Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra was repeatedly captured on camera near the crime scene before being seen speeding from the home to Pullman at around 4:20 a.m. Pictured: the home in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were murdered

The affidavit also shows that Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra was repeatedly captured on camera near the crime scene before being speedily driven from the home to Pullman at around 4:20 a.m.

Police quickly connected the vehicle to Kohberger and noted the similarity between his appearance and Mortensen’s description of the intruder at the rental home.

The dramatic new developments come less than a week after Kohberger was arrested Dec. 30 at his family’s home in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains.

On Tuesday, Kohberger agreed to be extradited to Idaho after a brief hearing and landed at the Pullman-Moscow airport on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old PhD student of criminology made the long journey in a Pilatus PC-12 turboprop plane accompanied by Pennsylvania State Police troopers, landing around 6:30 p.m. local time.

On Tuesday, Kohberger agreed to be extradited to Idaho after a brief hearing and landed at the Pullman-Moscow airport on Wednesday night.  He is pictured in his mugshot after being booked in Idaho

On Tuesday, Kohberger agreed to be extradited to Idaho after a brief hearing and landed at the Pullman-Moscow airport on Wednesday night.  He is pictured in his mugshot after being booked in Idaho

On Tuesday, Kohberger agreed to be extradited to Idaho after a brief hearing and landed at the Pullman-Moscow airport on Wednesday night. He is pictured in his mugshot after being booked in Idaho

Kohberger was then taken in a police convoy to the Latah County Jail, 15 minutes away, and booked into jail at 6:44 p.m.

A new mugshot accompanying the listing shows him sitting in the prison building, wearing an orange top and sweatpants and staring impassively at the camera.

Kohberger has maintained he had nothing to do with the knife murders of students Madison, Kaylee, Xana and Ethan, and is expected to plead not guilty.

The 28-year-old had previously told his lawyers in Pennsylvania that he was “surprised” he had been arrested and said he “looks forward to being acquitted” when the case goes to trial.

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