Idaho quadruple murder suspect Bryan Kohberger looked panicked as he was pulled over by Indiana State Police last month while sat next to his dad in his now-infamous white Hyundai Elantra.
Police bodycam footage captured the moment an officer approached Kohberger’s sedan on December 15 on the I-70 just outside Indianapolis
The footage was released by Indiana State Police Monday evening, hours after Kohberger agreed to be extradited from his home in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, to Idaho to face four first-degree murder charges.
During the stop, Kohberger’s father also appeared concerned as the officer asked Kohberger for his license and registration.
Kohberger was pulled over twice within nine-minutes while driving along I-70 in December.
State police told Fox 59 that there was no information available for the suspect in the Idaho murders at the time of the stops.
Idaho cops first appealed for information on a white Hyundai Elantra on December 7 – a week before the Indiana traffic stop.
Kohberger was eventually arrested on December 30 at his parents’ house in Pennsylvania over the massacre of four University of Idaho students on November 13.
Idaho quadruple murder suspect Bryan Kohberger was pulled over by Indiana State Police on December 15 – but cops didn’t have information that he was a suspect in the student murders
The stop happened before 11am. It was reportedly the second time within just a few minutes he was pulled over that day.
A Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy had stopped him earlier for the same issue of following too closely.
Kohberger’s father had flown to Washington in order to accompany his son back on the drive east, LaBar said.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Kohberger was pulled over by a deputy at around 10:41am on December 15 for following too closely. Kohberger was pulled over near the 107 mile marker and given a verbal warning.
The sheriff’s department confirmed Kohberger and another man were visible on the deputy’s bodycam.
During the footage the officer informs Kohlberger that he had been driving too close to a semi.
Kohlberger tells the officer that he had also been pulled over for traveling too closely earlier. The officer decides to let him off with just a verbal warning.
The officer asks where the pair are traveling to. When told ‘Pennsylvania’ the officer responds, ‘That’s a long haul. You guys ever heard of airplanes?’ before waving them off with a laugh and a friendly goodbye.
Kohberger appeared in court on Tuesday and waived extradition during a brief court hearing.
He expected to be transported back to the college town of Moscow, Idaho, where he is accused of murdering four college students in cold blood.
Kohberger denies the murders but is not fighting extradition. He says he is eager to get back to Idaho, where he can answer the charges formally.
The criminology PhD student was arrested at his parents’ house in Pennsylvania on Friday. They were among those in court in Stroudsburg on Tuesday, but covered their faces with COVID masks, hats and hoods to evade the media.
Kohberger appeared in court on Tuesday and waived extradition during a brief court hearing
Kohberger’s Pennsylvania attorney previously revealed his family’s belief that he is innocent, despite investigators claiming that his DNA matches a sample found at the scene in November.
It could take up to 10 days for him to be sent back to Idaho, they added.
Kohberger arrived hours early for his hearing amid a swarm of Pennsylvania State Troopers, sheriff’s deputies and media. There were several photographers asking him questions, but the 28-eight-year-old grad student didn’t say a word, instead walked stoically toward the courthouse.
The early arrival caught several of the estimated 100 media members off-guard.
He was seen entering the court wearing a red prison jumpsuit and handcuffs, though he did not appear to be shackled by the feet.
There will not be a live feed to the hearing, but a select number of photographers are allowed inside along with journalists.
Much of the case remains a mystery due to the fact that he was arrested in a different state than where the crime took place.
Prosecutors are yet to provide a motive for Kohberger, and it remains unclear if he knew any of the victims.
Kohberger was surrounded by armed police including some carrying assault rifles
The suspect’s father, Michael Kohberger, is shown arriving at the courthouse in a summer hat to obscure his face
Kohberger’s parents covered their faces as they arrived at the courthouse on Tuesday. The family is standing by him
A woman, believed to be Kohberger’s sister, comforts his mother as they arrive at court
Kohberger’s sister and mother make their way into the courthouse on Tuesday
Kohberger’s therapist sister, Melissa, attended the extradition hearing on Tuesday with her parents
The family was escorted by members of the Sheriff’s Office and the State Police as they made their way into the courtroom
Those details are expected to emerge in the probable cause affidavit, a charging document that remains sealed but that will become public once Kohberger is back in Idaho.
Kohberger’s family insists he is innocent.
‘They don’t believe it to be Bryan. They can’t believe this.
‘This is certainly completely out of character, the allegations, and really they’re just trying to be supportive with the understanding these four families have suffered loss, so they’re sympathetic towards that, and that’s why it should remain really private and they don’t want to try this case in the court of public opinion,’ his attorney Jason LaBar told NBC News.
LaBar said Kohberger has been ‘easy to talk to’ and is confident he will be exonerated.
‘He believes he’s going to be exonerated. That’s what he believes.
‘Those were his words. He’s been very easy to talk to. Actually, he’s in a calm demeanor.’
Bryan Kohberger arrives at Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, for an extradition hearing on Tuesday. He is accused of murdering the four Idaho students found stabbed to death on November 13
Kohberger was handcuffed but did not appear to be shackled as he arrived at the courthouse
Monroe County Sheriff Deputies escort Bryan Kohberger into the courthouse on Tuesday morning
LaBar also told ABC News that he is ‘calm’ and ‘polite’ behind bars, where corrections officers have been ‘very accommodating’ of his vegan diet.
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He added that Kohberger ‘understands the seriousness’ of the charges and that the death penalty is on the table.
He is said to have told his attorney: ‘This will be a long process.’
LaBar has ordered a psychiatric evaluation after learning of how Kohberger has behaved behind bars.
KHQ reports that he’d been sitting ‘in a ball on the floor’, barely speaking to guards.
LaBar is a public defender in Pennsylvania who was assigned the case following Kohberger’s arrest.
He is not expected to represent him in Idaho, and said no other private attorneys had come forward to offer their services to him or his family.
‘They’re not hiring an attorney.
‘Given the situation, given the charges, no attorneys have reached out to them, and they’re not anticipating hiring an attorney,’ he said.
He has been in contact with Idaho’s Public Defense Commission to help the family find a new attorney.
The victims’ families are eagerly awaiting Kohberger’s extradition, and for the probable cause affidavit to become public.
Kohberger’s attorney says he denies the killings and is ‘eager’ to get back to Idaho to be ‘exonerated’. Victims Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle are pictured
Pennsylvania State Troopers surround the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg on Tuesday morning ahead of Bryan Kohberger’s appearance
There is an enormous police presence at the small courthouse where Kohberger will appear this afternoon
The suspect was attending college in nearby Washington State, where he pursued criminology
The crime took place six weeks ago, 2,500 miles from where Kohberger was arrested. His father flew to meet his son in Washington and drove with him back to their Pennsylvania home
Police were on the hunt for Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra, which officials began tracking around Christmas time as the suspect drove across the country
Kaylee Goncalves’ father Steve appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning along with his attorney.
He said Kohberger’s arrest came as a ‘relief’ after weeks of uncertainty.
‘It felt like a cloud was lifted. It’s like seeing sunlight after being stuck in a house for a month.
‘It provided relief and comfort to know things were progressing, and that all this torture and waiting had a purpose and a meaning,’ he said.
Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, on Friday