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Published: 18:35 GMT, 5 January 2023 | Updated: 18:47 GMT, 5 January 2023

Bryan Kohberger has appeared in court in Moscow where he was formally charged with the murders of four University of Idaho students – less than an hour after explosive police case files revealed he visited the area around their home 12 times before the murder.

Kohberger, 28, wore an orange jumpsuit emblazoned with ‘Latah County’ for the brief hearing and remained impassive as the charges – four counts of first degree murder and one of burglary – were read out.

He spent most of the 10-minute hearing looking directly at Judge Megan Marshall as she read him his rights and the five counts and answered ‘yes’ when asked if he understood each count.

Kohberger remained impassive throughout but briefly became agitated during the reading of the final count – the murder of Ethan Chapin for which he faces life imprisonment or the death penalty. He later smiled at his defense attorney.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, wore an orange jumpsuit emblazoned with ‘Latah County’ for the brief hearing and remained impassive as the charges – four counts of first degree murder and one of burglary – were read out. He later smiled at his defense attorney

Kohberger spent most of the 10-minute hearing looking directly at Judge Megan Marshall as she read him his rights and the five counts and answered ‘yes’ when asked if he understood each count

The hearing concluded with Kohberger being denied bond and Judge Marshall setting a status conference for January 12 when a decision on whether to hold a rapid preliminary hearing will be made

Kohberger, 28, is accused of murdering Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on November 13 in the quiet, college town of Moscow, Idaho

The family of Kaylee Goncalves were also in court, with her mother shaking her head and sobbing as the homicide charge related to her daughter was read out.

The hearing concluded with Kohberger being denied bond and Judge Marshall setting a status conference for January 12 when a decision on whether to hold a rapid preliminary hearing will be made.

Kohberger, who is now back in his cell at the Latah County Jail, was also banned from contacting the victims’ families or the two surviving roommates.

Speaking outside court, Shanon Gray, the attorney for the Goncalves family, said: ‘It was an emotional moment for the family seeing the defendant for the first time and the family will be in this for the long haul.’ 

The appearance came shortly after Latah County released an affidavit containing new details about the investigation – including Kohberger’s frequent visits to the area around the murdered students home, that he was seen by a roommate and that his DNA was found on a brown leather sheath for a Ka-Bar knife left next to the bodies of victims Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21.

The affidavit also notes that Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, 20, were found on the second floor, with Xana discovered slumped over on the floor of her bedroom.

According to the document, surviving roommates Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke did hear something of what happened, with Mortensen telling cops she heard Goncalves say ‘there’s someone here’ at approximately 4am.

Ten minutes later, she heard a thud and crying from Xana’s room and a male voice saying ‘it’s ok, I’m going to help you’.

At 4.17am, a dog was captured barking loudly on a neighbor’s security camera. Around the same time, Mortensen said she opened her bedroom door again and saw a tall male with bushy eyebrows leaving through the sliding glass doors at the back of the home.

She described how she had been ‘frozen in shock’ as the black-clad male walked towards her and said she locked herself in her room after he left.

A shoe print was later found outside her door.

The explosive police affidavit released today also reveals that Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra was captured on camera repeatedly near the scene before being seen driving rapidly away from the home towards Pullman at approximately 4.20am. Pictured: The home in Moscow, Idaho where four University of Idaho students were killed

The affidavit also reveals that Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra was captured on camera repeatedly near the scene before being seen driving rapidly away from the home towards Pullman at approximately 4.20am.

Police rapidly connected the vehicle to Kohberger and noted the similarity between his appearance and Mortensen’s description of the intruder at the rental home.

The dramatic new developments come less than a week after Kohberger was apprehended on December 30 at his family’s home in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, Kohberger agreed to be extradited to Idaho following a brief hearing and touched down at the Pullman-Moscow airport on Wednesday evening.

The 28-year-old PhD criminology student made the lengthy journey in a Pilatus PC-12 turboprop plane accompanied by Pennsylvania State Police troopers – landing around 6.30pm local time.

On Tuesday, Kohberger agreed to be extradited to Idaho following a brief hearing and touched down at the Pullman-Moscow airport on Wednesday evening. He is pictured in his mugshot after being booked in Idaho

Kohberger was then taken in a police convoy to the Latah County Jail 15 minutes away and booked in to the facility at 6.44pm, according to the jail roster.

A new mugshot accompanying the listing shows him seated inside the jail building, dressed in an orange top and sweatpants and staring impassively at the camera.

Kohberger has insisted he had nothing to do with the savage knife slayings of students Madison, Kaylee, Xana and Ethan, and is expected to plead not guilty.

The 28-year-old had previously told his lawyers in Pennsylvania he was ‘surprised’ to have been arrested and said he is ‘looking forward to being exonerated’ when the case goes to trial.

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