The suspect in the murder of four University of Idaho students is believed to have acted alone, authorities said Saturday.
“We truly believe we have the individual that committed these crimes,” James Fry, the police chief in Moscow, Idaho, told Fox News Saturday.
Fry said police were still looking at connections between suspect Bryan Kohberger, a student at nearby Washington State University in Pullman, and the victims.
Kohberger, 28, was arrested in Pennsylvania Friday and charged with murder in the Nov. 13 deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20. They were stabbed to death in their beds as they slept in their off-campus home.
Police are still looking for the murder weapon which has been described as a long-blade knife.
As of Friday night, Kohberger was planning to waive his right to an extradition hearing to expedite his move to Idaho, said his lawyer, Jason Labar, the chief public defender in Monroe County, Pa.
Labar said he was not surprised by the decision, describing the hearing as a “formality” and noting that Pennsylvania only needs to show that Kohberger is, or resembles, the person in the arrest warrant.
“He was around the area at the time of the offense, I’m assuming they have his cell phone tracking data. That’s a pretty good assumption in today’s world,” he added. “On the 12th or 13th [November], they certainly have him in or around Pullman or Moscow.”
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Labar said that he spoke with Kohberger Friday in an hour-long conversation, in which he appeared “calm and shocked about everything.”
“He’s a very intelligent man, I think everyone’s aware of that,” he said, adding that Kohberger “is aware of situation and apparently he’s spoken to police also. I believe Idaho state troopers as well as Pennsylvania state police.”