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New court order prohibits release of information about Idaho murders to media, public

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MOSCOW, Idaho (WOLF/KOMO) — Police announced a new court order that will prohibit any new information about the murders of four University of Idaho college students from being released to the public.

The court order from Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall “specifically prohibits any statement which a reasonable person would expect to be disseminated by means of public communication that related to evidence regarding the occurrences or transactions involved in this case.”

This means law enforcement, investigators, attorneys, and agents of the prosecuting or defense attorney are no longer allowed to speak to the public or the media about the case.

Bryan Kohberger, facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of four University of Idaho students last fall, is taken by sheriff’s deputies from the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. (Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Suspect Bryan Kohberger was transported to the Latah County Jail on Wednesday by both Moscow police and Latah County Sheriff’s deputies, where he will be housed in his cell with no bond, visitation or phone calls.

His initial hearing happened Thursday morning. He’s facing first-degree murder charges along with a charge for burglary.

Kohberger, 28, was a doctoral student and teaching assistant at Washington State University when the four students were killed on Nov. 13 at an off-campus home near the university. The bodies of Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found stabbed to death.

Law enforcement personnel stand guard next to a garage entrance at the Latah County Courthouse after Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, arrived in a police motorcade at the courthouse, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho, following his extradition from Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Kohberger was arrested on Dec. 30 at his parents’ home in Chestnuthill Township in eastern Pennsylvania.

DNA evidence played a key role in identifying Kohberger as a suspect, and officials were able to match his DNA to genetic material recovered during the investigation, a law enforcement official said last week. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing investigation.

Investigators have said they are still searching for a motive and the weapon used in the attack.

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