Investigators examining Bryan Kohberger’s digital activity in new court docs

Posted at 9:48 AM, June 5, 2023


MOSCOW, Idaho (Court TV) – Investigators in the Idaho student killings case are examining Bryan Kohberger’s digital activity, according to new court documents.

Bryan Kohberger at his arraignment

Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, listens during his arraignment hearing in Latah County District Court, Monday, May 22, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP, Pool)

The documents, released May 31, are orders to seal and redact search warrants for Kohberger’s phone and internet records, and some of the victims’ social media accounts.

The documents do not detail the exact findings of the search warrants, but do show the depth of the investigation. Investigators are probing activity from AT&T, Google, Reddit, Snap Inc., Strava and TikTok.

Kohberger is accused of fatally stabbing University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in Nov. 22 at an off-campus rental home.

He was arrested at his parents’ Pennsylvania home on Dec. 30 and extradited to Idaho soon after. At the time of his arrest, Kohberger was a criminology student at Washington State University, a short drive from the crime scene.

Last month, a grand jury indicted Kohberger on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary. Days later, a judge entered not guilty pleas to the charges when he chose to stand silent at his arraignment.

WATCH: Bryan Kohberger Arraigned

Kohberger’s case is being safeguarded by a gag order, which prohibits any attorneys, law enforcement agencies or others involved with the case from talking to the media, unless they are quoting from a publicly available court document. Court TV’s parent company has joined a coalition of other media in filling an appeal of the order.

The case is due back in court June 9 to hear arguments on the gag order. A six-week trial is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2023.