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‘VERY DRAMATIC THING’: Forensic Expert Describes How Idaho Killer Murdered His Victims



Bryan Kohberger

Forensic expert Joseph Scott Morgan, a distinguished scholar at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, says a tan leather knife sheath found next to the bodies of two slain University of Idaho students on Nov. 13 indicates that the killer targeted them, and described how the killer attacked his victims.

Students Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, both 21, were found in bed stabbed to death on the third floor of a rental home in Moscow, Idaho.

Moscow Police Department Cpl. Brett Payne noticed “what appeared to be a tan leather knife sheath laying on the bed next to Mogen’s right side,” he wrote in a police affidavit released Thursday.

The document names Bryan Kohberger — a 28-year-old criminology student at nearby Washington State University — as the suspect in the quadruple homicide.

“I think that’s where the attack initiated, and that’s important,” said forensic expert Joseph Scott Morgan, a distinguished scholar at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, according to Fox News. “[It] goes to progression, and it goes to who the target was. That was perhaps the specific location he was bound for.”

Morgan described the moment the alleged killer’s murderous rampage may have begun.

“It’s a very dramatic thing when you think about it,” he said. “He’s near the bed, grabs the handle of the blade and flips that button on the sheath [while] his other hand drops the sheath in the bed after drawing the knife.”

The other two victims, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, both 20, were found stabbed to death on the second floor.

The Idaho State Police lab later identified Kohberger’s DNA on the button snap of the knife, Payne wrote.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the mass murder or a connection between the alleged killer and the victims.

Read the affidavit below, via Fox News.

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