Idaho authorities confirm first-degree murder charges for suspect in University of Idaho stabbings

"These murders have shaken our community and no arrest will ever bring back these young students."

Published: December 30, 2022 4:00pm

Updated: December 30, 2022 4:41pm

The Moscow Police Department on Thursday gave a press conference on the recent arrest of 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger in connection with the fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested Kohberger on an arrest warrant for first degree murder on Friday morning. Moscow Police Chief James Fry confirmed Kohberger's status as the key suspect and thanked the Pennsylvania authorities for their assistance in tracking down the suspect.

"These murders have shaken our community and no arrest will ever bring back these young students," he said. "However, we do believe justice will be found through the criminal process."

Fry was unable to share much in the way of additional details but assured the public he would make more known when permitted to do so, saying "I recognize the frustration with the lack of information that's been released. We will continue to provide as much information as we can as the process moves forward."

County prosecutor Bill Thompson confirmed that Kohberger faced four charges of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary.

Idaho state police Col. Ked Wells thanked the media for keeping the case in the press, which he asserted had helped to generate additional tips and leads for law enforcement. He further commended Chief Fry and expressed confidence in Thompson's prosecution.

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