Terrifying moment Idaho roommate ‘froze’ in terror when confronted by alleged killer, raises more questions

The suspect in the Moscow, Idaho murders, Bryan Kohberger, was denied bail on Thursday as details emerged showing that his DNA was found on a knife sheath at the scene and that one of the roommates saw the killer in black clothes and a mask at the house.

Kohberger is being charged with four counts of murder and one count of burglary in the Nov. 13 killing spree, according to the Daily Mail. If he’s convicted, he could get the death penalty for the murders of Idaho students Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. He claims he is innocent.

Surviving roommate Dylan Mortensen was the one that saw the killer, according to the 19-page probable cause affidavit released by police. She reportedly heard someone crying and Goncalves saying, “There’s someone here.” She told police that the killer had “bushy eyebrows.”

The affidavit also revealed that Xana Kernodle ordered from DoorDash and it arrived 20 minutes before the killing started.

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“Further details on Kohberger’s alleged stalking of his victims was shared. His phone was found to have been in the vicinity of their Moscow home 12 times before the November murders, starting in mid-August,” Daily Mail reported.

What reportedly nailed Kohberger was the DNA that was found on the snap button of a knife sheath that was found where the murders took place. The sheath was tan leather with the USMC and “KA-BAR” insignias stamped on it. According to Moscow PD Officer Brett Payne, it was found on a single bed next to the bodies of Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.

“I noticed what appeared to be a tan leather knife sheath laying on the bed next to Mogen’s right side (when viewed from the door). The sheath was later processed and had ‘Ka-Bar’ ‘USMC’ and the United States Marine Corps eagle globe and anchor insignia stamped on the outside of it. The Idaho state lab later located a single source of male DNA (suspect Profile) left on the button snap of the knife sheath,” Payne noted.

A match to the DNA led police to Kohberger’s Pennsylvania home where they also found his white Hyundai Elantra.

DNA was obtained from the trash at his home on December 27. It was a match to the knife sheath.

Dylan Mortensen was awake when the murders took place around 4:20 am. She says she saw a man in a black mask in the house.

When she heard cries and Goncalves commenting, “There’s someone here,” she also heard a male voice say, “It’s OK. I’m going to help you.”

At that point, Martensen opened her bedroom door and saw the man in the ski mask walking “towards her.” She froze and just watched him leave through a sliding door. Then she locked herself in her bedroom, according to the affidavit.

It’s unknown why she did not call the police immediately.

Kohberger, a Ph.D. student studying criminology, was living eight miles from the murder scene in student housing on the University of Washington’s Pullman campus.


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