Bryan Kohberger‘s aunt has reportedly aired her belief that her nephew will be found guilty at his highly anticipated trial – for allegedly brutally stabbing four University of Idaho students to death as they slept.
The declaration, provided to The US Sun, comes nine months after Kohberger’s defense attorney waived his right to a speedy trial, cancelling his previously planned trial date of October 2.
Now slated for next year the earliest, the trial is at the forefront of Kohberger’s family’s minds – including those on his father’s side who for the most part live in Las Vegas.
The tabloid recently traveled to the city to speak with those relatives, successfully finding one who wished to remain anonymous, but expressed doubt over the 28-year-old’s innocence.
Speaking to the publication, the woman described how she has struggled to watch the news as of late, citing her increasing belief Kohberger committed the murders.
Bryan Kohberger ‘s aunt has reportedly aired her belief that her nephew will be found guilty at his highly anticipated trial – for allegedly killing four University of Idaho students as they slept
The four murdered that fateful night in November 2022: 21-year-old Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, also 21, and 20-year-olds Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin
‘When I saw it on TV, I was just lost for words,’ she told the paper in-person, adding that she has been left ‘speechless’ as new details in the case continue to emerge.
‘It’s heartbreaking, I’m a very caring person.’
The outlet noted how she appeared visibly upset during the interview – which came as other relatives called the case ‘surreal’ while reportedly trying to distance themselves.
‘And when I saw the news a little bit today in the living room,’ the aunt added, ‘I couldn’t take it – hearing about them being knifed. I had goosebumps, I just cried.’
The term ‘them’, of course, referred to the four murdered that fateful night – 21-year-old Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, also 21, and 20-year-olds Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
Prosecutors in the Gem State are looking to prove Kohberger broke into the group’s shared home in the early hours of November 13 before savagely murdering them and fleeing the scene.
Airing her belief that her nephew might still kill himself, the unnamed aunt told The Sun that she will likely not watch the trial if things get that far – and if cameras are even allowed in the courtroom.
She also said she wants to know the answers to questions still surrounding the murders – such as her nephews perspective motive if he did carry out the murders, and what he may have done with the murder weapon.
Pictured Bryan Kohberger’s mother Mary Ann Racquel, father Michael Francis. The aunt who reportedly spoke to the Sun this week is from his father’s side, most of whom live in Las Vegas
Prosecutors in the Gem State are looking to prove Kohberger broke into the group’s shared home in the early hours of November 13 before savagely murdering them and fleeing the scene – and seemingly have a bevy of evidence, including DNA, to do so
When asked if she thought Kohberger will be found guilty during what’s set to be an at least-six-week trial, she said: ‘I think so. I just want the truth’
When asked if she thought Kohberger will be found guilty during what’s set to be an at least-six-week trial, she said: ‘I think so. I just want the truth.’
She added: ‘I would like to see him or write to him and find out what happened.’
Kohberger, meanwhile, has maintained his innocence in the case, and due to a sprawling gag order, few details have emerged.
His aunt, however, provided insight into his life before the killing, describing the suspected killer as ‘humble and quiet.’
She recalled, ‘I didn’t see any violence in him,’ before mentioning some odd behavior she noticed on his part in recent years.
She, after having migrated from the East Coast while Kohberger parents Michael and Maryann and his three siblings remained in Pennsylvania, confided: ‘I flew Bryan and his family out here a few times.’
‘Once, I told Bryan I would show him all around Vegas,’ she went on, ‘but the odd thing was he stayed in the house.’
She proceeded to tell the paper how she believed her nephew’s behavior was a result of drugs he may have been taking at the time – as well as ‘a lot of drama’ going on between the family, which she said cannot be revealed for legal reasons.
Kohberger, meanwhile, has maintained his innocence in the case, and due to a sprawling gag order, few details have emerged
The suspect is believed to have driven some 2,300 miles from Moscow to Pennsylvania. He was attending college in nearby Washington State
She did, however, say the family was ‘devastated’ over the case and the criminology student’s arrest – after which Kohberger chose to stand silent in lieu of entering a not-guilty plea, which was then entered on his behalf.
Also elaborated on was Kohberger’s currently shrouded childhood – during which, the woman said, the then-teen was noticeable shy and troubled.
She also said that at the time, the suspect suffered from depression to the point where he was allegedly put on medication – though she admitted she did not know if that was entirely true or what drugs he had been on.
She quickly added: ‘But if you’re not on the right medication, you can be triggered. I think he may have snapped.’
When asked why he was depressed, she said: ‘I don’t have an answer,’ adding, ‘I guarantee he had a wonderful childhood.’
She continued: ‘Michael [his dad] is a wonderful man, he was a janitor and his wife is a beautiful woman, she’s a teacher and they worked at the same school.’
Kaylee and Madison were found on the top floor of the Moscow, Idaho home. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor
Currently in custody, Kohberger was pictured wearing a suicide-prevention vest while being held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility following his initial arrest, while his lawyer maintains his innocence. His aunt said she fears he may kill himself
Conceding her nephew is ‘not well’, she said that that her heart ‘goes out to the victims’ families,’ due to the pronounced pain they are likely facing.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, claim in court documents that a DNA sample taken from the crime scene is a near-match from a sample from Kohberger, who was arrested this past December after being tracked down to his family’s home in the Poconos.
Currently in custody, Kohberger was pictured wearing a suicide-prevention vest while being held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility following his initial arrest, while his lawyer maintains his innocence.
Police had to work backwards from the DNA sample to build a profile of hundreds, if not thousands, of people who could have matched it before honing in on Kohberger, who was living near the murder scene at the time and had the same car as witnesses had seen.
One of the surviving roommates who was not attacked also said she saw the killer, and that he had ‘bushy eyebrows’ – another feature of Kohberger’s appearance.
Kohberger isn’t claiming to be in any specific location at any specific time, according to the document, and may have witnesses who can corroborate that he wasn’t at the home where the students were killed.
His defense team has gone over transcripts of grand jury testimony and other evidence from the investigation, thought it is too soon to detail exactly who those witnesses might be and what they might be able to testify about.
A new date for the trial has yet to be set.