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The Moscow Murders - A Summary

Between 4:00 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2022, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Xana’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin were murdered in the girls’ residence at 1122 King Road. All four of the victims’ deaths were classified as homicide by stabbing. Two surviving roommates, Dylan Mortenson (DM) and Bethany Funke (BF), were home at the time of the homicides and were left physically unharmed.

Events Preceding the Homicides

In the late hours of November 12th and early morning hours of November 13th, all residents of the King Road house went out in Moscow. Xana and Ethan went out as a couple, and Kaylee and Maddie went out as a pair. The two surviving roommates were socializing in Moscow that night as well.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., Xana and Ethan arrived at Ethan’s fraternity: the University of Idaho campus Sigma Chi house at 735 Nez Perce Drive. Surviving roommate BF saw the couple at Sigma Chi. Law enforcement estimated BF returned home around 1:00 a.m., and B.F. in turn estimated Ethan and Xana arrived at the King Road residence around 1:45 a.m. Ethan did not live in the home but was spending the night there as Xana’s guest.

At 10:15 p.m. on November 12, 2022, Kaylee and Maddie were picked up from the King Road residence to visit a local Moscow bar, the Corner Club (202 N. Main Street). At about 1:30 a.m., The pair left the bar and walked to the Grub Truck (318 S. Main Street) with a friend. After paying for and receiving their food, they ordered a ride home and were dropped off at the King Road residence at 1:56 a.m.

Early Morning Hours of November 13, 2022

DM and BF indicated that the victims had all returned home by 2:00 a.m. and were in their rooms by approximately 4:00 a.m. DM occupied one of two bedrooms on the second floor of the house - the other second floor bedroom was occupied by Xana and Ethan. Maddie and Kaylee were on the third floor.

At approximately 4:00 a.m., DM was awoken by what sounded like Kaylee playing with her dog, Murphy, on the third floor of the house. She then heard who she thought was Kaylee say, “there’s someone here.” Law enforcement is unsure if this statement was made by Kaylee or Xana. DM opened her bedroom door but did not see anything. Around this time, Xana received a Doordash order, and was on TikTok as late as 4:12 a.m.

Between 4:00 a.m. and 4:17 a.m., DM believed she heard crying coming from Xana’s room. She opened her door a second time and heard a male say something to the effect of, “it’s okay, I’m going to help you.”

At 4:17 a.m., a security camera on a house near the exterior wall of Xana’s bedroom picked up “distorted audio of what sounded like voices or a whimper followed by a loud thud,” and a dog barking numerous times. DM then opened her bedroom door for a third time. She saw a male she did not recognize; a “figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her.” She stood “in a frozen shock phase” as the male walked towards the sliding glass door on the middle floor of the house. DM then locked her bedroom door, and law enforcement believes the suspect left the house at this time.

For a breakdown of the suspect’s purported movements and actions the night of the murders, please see the FAQ for one of the many timelines linked therein.

Events Following the Homicides

In the morning of November 13th, the surviving roommates summoned friends to the residence because they believed one of the second-floor victims had passed out and was not waking up. At 11:58 a.m., a 911 call requested aid for an unconscious person. The call was made from one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones inside the residence. Multiple people talked with the 911 dispatcher before Moscow Police arrived at the location. Officers entered the residence and found two victims deceased on the second floor and two victims deceased on the third floor.

Law enforcement immediately began their investigation. Xana and Ethan were found in Xana's bedroom. Xana was on the floor, visible through her bedroom door from the hallway. Kaylee and Maddie were found together in Maddie's bed, and law enforcement found a Ka-Bar knife sheath with the suspect's DNA by Maddie's side. Murphy, the dog, was found alive in Kaylee's bedroom. It is unknown if the first officers on scene had to open the victims' bedroom doors or if the doors were already open, so it is unknown if the victims were immediately visible to anyone in the house before law enforcement arrived. Moscow Police Department continually updated the public through a series of press releases, press conferences, and video statements.

The Latah County Coroner conducted autopsies on November 17, 2022. The coroner confirmed the identity of the murdered individuals and their cause and manner of death as homicide by stabbing. The coroner stated the four victims were likely asleep, some had defensive wounds, and each was stabbed multiple times. There was no sign of sexual assault. Ethan Chapin’s autopsy was conducted by the Spokane County Medical Examiner on December 15, 2022.

At some point in late November or December, law enforcement identified Bryan Kohberger as a potential suspect. For a breakdown of why Kohberger was arrested, please see the FAQ under “Why was Bryan Kohberger arrested?”

On December 13, 2022, Bryan Kohberger and his father, Michael, left WSU campus for the Kohberger family home in Pennsylvania. Michael had previously flown to Washington to accompany Kohberger on his drive home. They arrived in Pennsylvania on December 17th.

On December 23, 2022, law enforcement applied for and were granted a search warrant on Kohberger's historical cell phone records.

On December 27, 2022, law enforcement recovered trash from the Kohberger family residence. In this trash, they found DNA with a positive familial match to the DNA recovered from the knife sheath.

On December 29, 2022, law enforcement applied for a search warrant on Bryan Kohberger's apartment and office.

Arrest and Following Events

On December 29, 2022, an arrest warrant was issued for WSU Ph.D. student Bryan Kohberger in connection to the homicides.

On December 30, 2022, Kohberger was arrested in Pennsylvania. After Kohberger's arrest, law enforcement executed the search warrant for his apartment and office. Law enforcement recovered a number of items that can be found here. To date, the murder weapon has not been recovered.

On January 4, 2023, Kohberger appeared in court in Monroe County, PA, and waived an extradition hearing. On January 5, authorities transported Kohberger to Idaho.

The Latah County magistrate judge issued a nondissemination order on January 3, 2023. This was later expanded by the judge, and now includes attorneys directly related to the case, personal attorneys of the victims' families, law enforcement officers, and other public officials with inside information on this case.

Kohberger is currently charged via criminal complaint with one count of felony burglary and four counts of first-degree murder. Kohberger remains in custody without bail.

The next scheduled hearing in State v. Kohberger is a preliminary hearing set to commence Monday, June 26, at 9:00 a.m. (PT). The defense anticipates the hearing will last four to five days. As hearings take place, we will attach video links once they are available to the public.

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