Idaho slayings suspect waives right to fight extradition

Associated Press

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A criminology graduate student charged in the November slayings of four University of Idaho students waived his right to an extradition hearing in a Pennsylvania court on Tuesday, speeding up his transfer to Idaho to stand trial.

Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old doctoral student and teaching assistant at Washington State University, was arrested early Friday by state police at his parents’ home in eastern Pennsylvania, authorities said.

AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports on Four Dead University of Idaho Tuesday court.

Wearing a red jumpsuit with his hands shackled in front of him, Kohberger showed little emotion throughout the brief hearing. He faces four counts of first-degree murder and a felony burglary charge.

Idaho officials are now expected to arrange for Kohberger’s transport back to Idaho — a process that is generally kept secret because of security concerns.

The chief public defender in Monroe County, Pennsylvania said his client is eager to be exonerated and plans to tell a judge in Pennsylvania that he will waive his extradition hearing so he can be quickly taken to Idaho.

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