Court documents – including a probable cause order – in the state case against Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of killing four University of Idaho students, were publicly released on Thursday.
Here's what they've revealed so far:
- One of the surviving roommates of the four students told investigators she heard crying in the house the morning of the murders, according to the probable cause affidavit. The student — identified by law enforcement as "D.M." — also said she heard a voice say, "It’s OK, I’m going to help you," and then saw a “figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her,” according to the affidavit.
- Trash recovered from the Kohberger family residence by Pennsylvania law enforcement and sent to the Idaho State Lab for DNA testing was used to help investigators narrow down Kohberger as the suspect, according to court documents. On Dec. 28, the Idaho lab "reported that a DNA profile obtained from the trash” matched a tan leather knife sheath found “laying on the bed” of one of the victims.
- Phone records indicate Kohberger’s phone was near the victims’ residence at least 12 times between June 2022 to the present day. Phone records also indicate his phone was near the murder scene hours after the students were killed, according to court documents.
- Kohberger applied for an internship with the Pullman Police Department in Washington in the fall of 2022, according to court documents, citing police records.
- Kohberger received a new license plate for his white Hyundai Elantra five days after the mid-November murders, Washington state licensing records and court documents revealed.