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Idaho College Murders: Court Documents Reveal Bombshell Development in Bryan Kohberger Case

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Jun. 21 2023, Published 12:40 p.m. ET

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DNA from a cheek swab connects Bryan Kohberger to evidence collected in connection with the slayings of four University of Idaho students, court documents claim.

According to the documents obtained by ABC News, the 28-year-old Washington State University criminology student’s DNA is a statistical match.

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Detectives reportedly were able to recover DNA from a male on Ka-Bar knife sheath left on a bed where two victims were fatally stabbed on Nov. 13, 2022.

The documents state the DNA sample from the crime scene is 5.37 octillion times more likely to belong to 28-year-old Kohberger than to another person chosen at random.

Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were all stabbed to death in an off-campus Moscow home.


The FBI used the DNA and genetic genealogy to identify Kohberger as a suspect in the case.

He was arrested on Dec. 30, 2022, at his parents’ residence in Pennsylvania and extradited to Idaho, where he faces four counts of first-degree murder and burglary.


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