Bryan Kohberger ordered vegan pizza not less than twice from a restaurant the place two of the victims of the College of Idaho murders labored as servers, and was very explicit about his meals, in line with a brand new report.
Within the weeks earlier than the deadly stabbings occurred on November 13, the person suspected by authorities of committing the murders ate on the Mad Greek restaurant in Moscow, Idaho. It’s unclear whether or not he interacted with Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle, two of the victims who labored there.
Kohberger, a 28-year-old Ph.D. scholar in legal justice and criminology at Washington State College, has been charged with 4 counts of first-degree homicide and housebreaking in reference to the killings of Mogen, Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, and Ethan Chapin. He has maintained that he’s harmless.
The 4 victims have been discovered lifeless in an off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho that the three ladies shared. Chapin had been sleeping over with Kernodle, his girlfriend.
A former worker of the restaurant instructed Folks journal that Kohberger got here in to seize vegan pizza, however that there was nothing suspicious concerning the visits. They mentioned he stood out due to his particularity when it got here to creating positive the meals had not been involved with animal merchandise.
Citing sources acquainted with the investigation, it famous that investigating authorities are conscious of the restaurant visits. Police have reportedly interviewed the Mad Greek’s proprietor and staff, in addition to taking surveillance footage.
“That does not imply he was doing something bizarre at this restaurant—he simply stood out,” Steve Helling, senior crime reporter at Folks, instructed NewsNation. “Anyone who’s waited tables—I did it in faculty—I nonetheless bear in mind individuals who stood out as a result of they’d unusual issues, and that is what occurred right here.”
Kohberger is alleged to be a strict vegan. In an interview with the New York Publish, a former member of the family, talking anonymously, revealed that his aunt and uncle had to purchase new pots and pans as he would “not eat from something that had ever had meat cooked in them.”
Kohberger might have been drawn to the Mad Greek as it’s one in every of few locations within the space that serves vegan meals.
It isn’t clear whether or not Mogen or Kernodle had contact with Kohberger throughout his visits to the restaurant, and authorities have requested employees to not converse to the press whereas the case is lively.
Noting that the restaurant was comparatively small, Helling commented: “The possibilities are that there was some form of not less than incidental contact between them or not less than he would have observed them.”
Folks additionally claimed that Kohberger adopted the three feminine victims of the assault via a now-deleted Instagram account, and allegedly contacted one in every of them repeatedly, with out getting a response.
Newsweek has contacted Kohberger’s public defender in Idaho for remark.
Kohberger was arrested at his mother and father’ residence in Pennsylvania on December 30 in reference to the stabbings. He then allowed himself to be extradited to Idaho, and has maintained his innocence through his public defender in Pennsylvania, who beforehand mentioned Kohberger is “wanting to be exonerated.” He has but to enter a plea.
After his preliminary look in an Idaho court docket on January 5, Kohberger was subsequent seen within the courtroom on January 12. He consented to waive his proper to a speedy trial, and his preliminary listening to date was set for June 26.
On January 9, the Mad Greek wrote on Fb that it will be open for half days on three days that week, “whereas we enable employees to take time with households, grieve and restaff.”