Murder suspect Brian Kohberger appears in an Idaho court with his public defender, Anne Taylor
The judge overseeing the Idaho quadruple murder case issued a gag order after the latest leak to PEOPLE.
Brian Kohberger, 28, accused of fatally stabbing Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; 21-year-old Madison Mogen of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernadle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho, on Nov. 13.
Murder victims from left: Madison Mogen, Kylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernadle
Based on the testimony of one of the surviving roommates, the killer killed the victims at 4:17 am (between 4:00 and 4:25).
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According to court documents, Kohberger’s DNA was found on a brown leather knife sheath left on Maddie Mogen’s bed on the 3rd floor of the King Road residence.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26 so in the meantime reporters are relying on leaks from sources.
People reported last week that Kohberger repeatedly “direct messaged” one of the victims on Instagram and she never responded.
“He slid into one of the girls’ DMs several times, but she didn’t respond,” an investigator told PEOPLE. “Basically, it was just him saying, ‘Hey, how are you?’ But he did it again and again.
Brian Kohberger dined at the “Mad Greek” restaurant in Moscow, where the two female victims, Maddie Mogen and Xana Kernadle, worked as servers, PEOPLE reported Thursday.
Kohberger, a vegetarian with an ‘OCD diet’, reportedly ordered Mad Greek’s vegetarian pizza.
People have reported:
In the weeks leading up to the slayings of four University of Idaho students last November, the man now accused of killing them ate at a restaurant where two of the victims worked.
According to a former employee of the Mad Greek restaurant in Moscow, Idaho, Brian Kohberger came in at least twice to get a vegan pizza. Two of the victims — Madison Mogen and Xana Kernadle — were servers at the restaurant.
It’s unclear if the woman ever waited on Kohberger or if they interacted, but PEOPLE confirms that the now-deleted account appeared to belong to Kohberger, who once followed both Mogen and Kernadle on Instagram, along with a third female murder victim, Caylee Goncalves.
Law enforcement is aware of the restaurant visits and investigators have interviewed employees and owners of the Mad Greek, PEOPLE confirmed through an investigator familiar with the case. They collected surveillance video from the restaurant and surrounding businesses.
The owner of Mad Greek denied the story and attacked people and crime reporters for making up the stories.
“The news/media should really do their due diligence before running a story with completely fabricated information. This is my only response to this story from people… It’s not true.
This guy who wants his 5 minutes of fame has now caused extra work for me and the investigators. – Mad Greek said on Facebook.
Judge Megan Marshall, who is overseeing the case against Kohberger, immediately expanded the existing gag order following the story published by People.
The amended gag order “now restricts remarks by attorneys for victims, their families and witnesses — in addition to investigators, the prosecution and the defense.” Fox News reported.
The Associated Press reports that 22 news outlets have formed a coalition to narrow the expanded gag order.
“This order is unduly sweeping and broad and severely disrupts the public’s understanding of an important criminal investigation that profoundly impacts the community,” said Josh Hoffner, national news director of The Associated Press.
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