Idaho student murders: Victims’ roommate woke up crying and saw a masked man dressed in black, police say | American News

A woman who lived in the same house where four University of Idaho students were murdered says she saw a masked man dressed in black walking towards her, an investigator says.

The unidentified housemate said she woke up to the sound of crying and opened the door to her second floor around 4am and stood in ‘frozen shock’ as the man walked past her towards a back door, according to court documents.

After seeing the male, she locked herself in her room.

The roommate, who was unharmed in the attack, described the man as 5ft 10in or taller, “not very muscular, but athletic with bushy eyebrows”.

Kaylee Goncalves, Maddie Mogen and Xana Kernodle, and Xana’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin

After being woken up, she said she heard one of her roommates say something like “there’s someone here”.

She said she later heard a male voice say something like, “It’s okay, I’ll help you.”

Court documents also revealed that the DNA of Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of killing Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, was found on the button of a knife sheath at the scene of the crime.

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In the affidavit, Police Corporal Brett Payne said phone data showed Kohberger had visited the area near the house where they lived a dozen times before the attack. He said these apparent visits all took place late in the evening or early in the morning.

The documents also say that video footage captured a white Elantra, similar to a car with Kohberger registration, passing the house three times on the night of the murders before the driver attempted to park.

About 15 minutes later, the car was seen driving away at “a high speed”.

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Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminology student, was extradited from Pennsylvania where he was arrested in Idaho yesterday. He is due in court today.

He was charged with four counts of first degree murder and burglary.

His attorney in Pennsylvania said he was eager to be exonerated and described him as “a regular guy”.


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