Dad helped accused Idaho killer drive across the country after murders

Those familiar with the suspect alleged to have murdered four University of Idaho students spoke out over the weekend, “shocked as sh*t” over the charges while his own family released a statement expressing “sadness” for the victims and their loved ones after the father was said to have helped drive the suspect “home for the holidays.”

Two days after Bryan Kohberger, 28, was arrested in Monroe County, Pennsylvania as a suspect in the killing of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Maddie Mogen on Nov. 13, his family spoke through their attorney. In a statement issued by Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, who is also representing Kohberger, they began, “First and foremost, we care deeply for the four families who have lost their precious children.”

“There are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel, and we pray each day for them,” the family went on. “We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and brother.”

Speaking with CNN, LaBar revealed that Kohberger, a student at Washington State University seeking a doctorate in criminal justice a short drive away from the University of Idaho, “was home for the holidays.” The outlet also reported that an unnamed auto mechanic, who had worked on the Hyundai Elantra the Moscow Police Department had been looking for in connection to the homicides (seized during Friday’s raid by the FBI and police), confirmed Kohberger’s father flew to Washington to help his son make the drive across country to Pennsylvania.

“We have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than judge unknown facts and make erroneous assumptions. We respect privacy in this matter as our family and the families suffering loss can move forward through the legal process,” the family concluded.

Meanwhile, speaking with the Daily Mail, DeSales University Professor Michelle Bolger who had instructed Kohberger while he obtained his master’s degree in criminal justice as an online student at the Center Valley, Pa.-based school lauded the intelligence of the suspect, saying, “He’s a brilliant student.”

To that, she added, “I’m shocked as sh*t at what he’s been accused of. I don’t believe it, but I get it.”

Still, Bolger said she knew little of Kohberger beyond academia as their interactions were solely through Zoom calls and email, “I didn’t know anything about him, whether he was married, had a girlfriend, etc,” and also noted, “He was always perfectly professional when I had any interactions with him. In my 10 years of teaching, I’ve only recommended two students to a Ph.D. program and he was one of them. He was one of my best students — ever. Everyone is in shock over this.”

“This news is upsetting; I haven’t slept at all since hearing about Bryan,” she expressed. “He seemed normal to me, but then again, I only knew him from teaching him online. I didn’t know anything personal about him. I believe he worked full-time like most of our graduate students do”

As the public has seen the previously reported details of Kohberger’s research, seeking insight from former prisoners on Reddit to learn their thoughts and feelings prior to and after committing a crime, Bolger wanted the public to know that this was not out of the ordinary for the studies of a criminal justice student.

“I was one of the professors who helped Bryan with his proposal on his graduate thesis, his capstone project. He did put out a routine questionnaire for his theses. It looks weird, I understand from the public view. But in criminology it’s normal,” she told the Mail. “It’s a criminology theory called script theory, it’s a normal theory on how and why criminals commit their crime, etc.”

Kohberger is scheduled to have an extradition hearing at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pa. on January 3. However, he is expected to waive the hearing to expedite his transport to Idaho as LaBar told CNN his client is “eager to be exonerated.”

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