Report: We now know who called 911 about the Idaho college murders, but the name has not been released
For months, people have been speculating about who discovered the bodies of the four murdered University of Idaho students on November 13th.
Ashley Banfield of NewsNation reported on her show “Banfield” on Tuesday, sources said that Ethan Chapin’s best friend, whom she did not name, discovered body Chapin and his girlfriend Xana Kernodle, who were both 20 years old.
The bodies of two other victims, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, aged 21, were also found in the home. All four were brutally stabbed to death.
Banfield discussed exposure with crime advocateMark Geragos.
“It was Ethan’s best friend who actually discovered the bodies,” Banfield said. “They weren’t first responders… Until now, we always assumed that maybe they were behind locked doors, and so the roommate called: “We can’t wake our friends.” It was Ethan’s best friend.
“But not only that, he took his pulse, called 911 and ended up talking to 911 on Dylan Moretensen’s cell phone.”
Banfield asked Geragos to comment on the case, which is under scrutiny. gag order shortly after the arrest of Brian Kochberger, accused of murder.
“Does it matter for the defendant’s rights in this case… [that] all these details shut your mouth?
Geragos, taking the opportunity to mention several names of his famous clients from previous high-profile cases, opposed this practice, since, in his opinion, the information will still come up.
“One of my frustrations with defending these cases is that when you suppress coverage and do it through a non-disclosure order – you remember, many years ago, it started during Michael Jackson and Scott Peterson and then Kobe Bryant… it was for defense.
“Now what he’s doing… is that he’s working at the expense of defense.”
Even with non-disclosure orders in place, leaks continue, and limited information inevitably emerges, Geragos said.
“I always think that in such cases, more information is better than less,” said the lawyer.
Banfield asked Geragos if there was any danger of “protecting the jury too much”.
Geragos advocated isolating jurors during trial rather than cutting off the flow of information.
“If they’re isolated, I think it’s a magic silver bullet,” he told Banfield.
Koberger is criminology a student who was in the first semester of a Ph.D. program at the University of Washington at the time of the murders, according to The newspaper “New York Times. Although the campus is across the state line, it is only a 15-minute drive from the crime scene in Moscow, Idaho.
Koberger said he did not believe he would be convicted of crimes, according to Washington Post.
In a December 31 story, public defender Jason LaBar of Monroe County, Pennsylvania, told the Post that Kochberger did not resist extradition from Pennsylvania back to Idaho after his arrest.
“He is ready to refuse because he hopes that he will be rehabilitated. Those were his words,” Labar told the publication during a telephone interview.
“Whether it means that he is innocent or not, the statement that he wants to be acquitted implies that he is innocent. He did not use the word “innocent”.
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