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Moscow Homicide Update for January 3

City of Moscow

January 3, 2023 — The Moscow Police is providing the following information to update the public on the on-going homicide investigation and court processes.   

On January 3, 2023, the suspect in the Moscow homicide investigation, Bryan C. Kohberger, waived extradition in Pennsylvania. Within the next 10 days, Kohberger will be returned to Idaho. Details regarding Kohberger’s transportation to Idaho, specifically when that may occur and by what method of transportation will not be shared publicly for security reasons. The Moscow Police Department asks the public to please continue to submit tips and information regarding this case, including any information you may have in regard to Kohberger to our tipline at:  

By phone: 208-883-7180 
Email: [email protected] 
Digital Media: fbi.gov/moscowidaho  

There are many questions surrounding the upcoming court processes in this case and we would like to give a brief, general explanation of the initial process for all felony cases on behalf of the Latah County Prosecuting Attorney:  

The first step in any felony court case in Idaho is what is referred to as an Initial Appearance. This Initial Appearance takes place before the Magistrate Court Judge. At this hearing, the Judge explains the defendant’s rights, the charges against them and it is also where defense counsel is appointed if the individual does not already have representation or cannot afford representation. At this hearing, the defendant is not asked for their plea. At the Initial Appearance, the court schedules a preliminary hearing.   

Upon Kohberger’s return to Idaho he will be served with the Idaho arrest warrant for four counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Burglary. Once that arrest warrant is returned to the court, the probable cause affidavit will be unsealed. Anyone in the media or the public who is seeking a copy of the probable cause affidavit will need to do so through the Idaho Judicial Cases of Interest webpage: https://coi.isc.idaho.gov/   

We also wish to take this opportunity to notify media and the public, On January 2, 2023, Judge John C. Judge issued an order in regard to conduct in and around the Latah County Courthouse for activities surrounding this case. That order is attached to this release on our Facebook page.