Newly released legal documents indicate that chemical tests for blood were conducted on more than 60 reddish-brown stains in Bryan Kohberger’s Washington apartment on December 30, hours after his arrest in Pennsylvania for the murders of four University of Idaho students.
According to the documents, preliminary blood tests on a “brown irregular drip” discovered on the mattress cover and a reddish-brown stain on an “uncased pillow” both showed positive results, CNN reports. The samples were taken from Kohberger’s apartment in Pullman and sent for further testing at the Idaho State Crime Lab.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Kohberger is behind bars for the murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. All four students were found stabbed dead in their off-campus rental near the school in November 2022.
Another “dark red spot” discovered on the kitchen counter close to the sink was not tested on-site but was gathered for further examination. The majority of the remaining samples tested negative for the presence of blood.
KTVB reports that the documents did not indicate whose blood was found, but only two items were labeled as “positive” in the preliminary blood tests.
While conducting a search of Kohberger’s apartment, investigators cleared each room of the residence and noted that the apartment was “sparsely furnished and fairly empty of belongings,” including no shower curtain in the bathroom and an empty trash can, court documents state.
Investigators also located a “round padlock in the entryway closet” of the suspect’s apartment, identified as a lock typically used for storage facilities. They found a key to the padlock on the TV stand. Kohberger had a storage closet assigned to him in the apartment complex, court documents state.
Officials then obtained a revised search warrant to include the storage unit, then conducted a search for “potential trace and DNA evidence.”
Court documents state that investigators did not seize anything from Kohberger’s office at the Washington State University campus.
On January 10, the suspect’s defense team went to the office and retrieved paperwork, a receipt found in the bathroom, and office keys on a TV stand. Nine days later, they went to his apartment and removed a computer monitor, TV, books, a box, papers, and receipts.
Kohberger remains behind bars without bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26 at 9 a.m. in Moscow, at the Latah County Courthouse.
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[Feature Photo: Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students, leaves after an extradition hearing at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)]