In the months preceding the killings, Bryan Kohberger, the suspect in the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students in November 2022, attended an interview for a position with the Pullman, Washington, police department.
Bryan Kohberger met Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins online last spring to discuss his application for a position as the department’s “graduate research assistant,” according to an email exchange reported by The Times.
The position was created by the Pullman-based Washington State University to assist regional police forces, according to reports. Kohberger was just beginning his first semester at WSU as a Ph.D. student studying criminology when he submitted his application for the job. Organizing and analyzing data, creating research briefs, cooperating with the agency, and supervising undergraduate research assistants are just a few of the tasks listed in the job description for a graduate research assistant.
Jenkins confirmed that he had interviewed Kohberger for a “Doctoral Level Graduate Research Assistantship for Public Safety at the Pullman Police Department” when he was the Pullman Police Chief. However, he did not reveal if Kohberger had been chosen for the position.
Kohberger was completing his master’s degree program at Desales University in his native Pennsylvania when the emails were sent. After that, he relocated to Pullman, Washington, where in August 2022 he enrolled in Washington State University’s Ph.D. programme in criminology and criminal justice.
Jenkins left the Pullman Police Department and took the top job at Washington State University sometime after the April 2022 interview.
Kohberger is accused of fatally stabbing Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen, all studying in Moscow, Idaho.
On December 30, almost seven weeks after the murders, Kohberger was taken into custody. The probable cause affidavit states that DNA evidence discovered on a knife sheath left behind, video surveillance, and cell phone pings allowed Kohberger to be connected to the crime scene. Kohberger was residing less than ten miles from the Pullman home where the students were fatally stabbed at the time of the killings in an on-campus apartment.
An item with a dark red spot, two pieces of an uncased pillow with a “reddish/brown” stain, mattress covers, receipts, a dust container vacuum, hair strands, a “Fire TV” stick, animal hair strands, and a computer tower were taken from Kohberger’s Pullman home shortly after his arrest, according to reports.
Kohberger forfeited his right to a prompt preliminary hearing and is scheduled to return to court on June 26. He is currently detained without bond and has not yet taken a position on the accusations leveled against him.
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