University of Idaho Victims’ Families Worry Murder House’s Demolition May Jeopardize Trial

Some of the families of the students who were killed last year at an off-campus house at the University are reportedly concerned that plans to demolish the home may compromise evidence that could be crucial at trial.

NewsNationNow reported that the families are worried that jurors who may want to visit the crime scene during suspect Brian Kohberger’s upcoming capital murder trial would be unable to do so. The house where the four slayings occurred will reportedly be demolished after “remediation,” which entails addressing biohazards that are present due to the crime that occurred there in November.

In a letter addressed to the four victims’ parents, the University of Idaho reportedly encouraged them to get more of their relatives’ belongings from the house. NewsNationNow reported that the homeowner donated the house to the college with the intention of it being demolished.

“Items not selected will then be properly disposed of. This will not apply to large bulky items such as sofas, beds,” the university reportedly wrote in the letter.

According to NewsNationNow, a memorial and garden will be established in the location after the home is demolished.

Kohberger, a Ph.D. criminal justice student at Washington State University, is believed to have turned off his phone during the November 13 murders. However, police claim he visited the area 12 times before the slayings.

The probable cause affidavit alleged that campus police at Kohberger’s college alerted Moscow, Idaho, police to his white 2015 Hyundai Elantra, which resembles a car seen at the victims’ home around the time they were killed.

Surveillance footage showed a white four-door sedan, but it did not capture its front license plate. At the time of the killings, Kohberger’s car was registered in Pennsylvania, which does not require front plates.

Kohberger was arrested on December 30, after a cross-country trip with his father from Idaho to Pennsylvania. During their trip, Indiana police pulled over the pair twice. Sources claimed the FBI requested the traffic stops to view possible injuries on Kohberger’s hands.

Kohberger remains jailed without bail.

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