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Read the full text of the affidavit setting out the case against Brian Kochberger.

Court documents released in Moscow, Idaho show how police identified Brian Kochberger as a suspect and used DNA evidence to link him to the crime scene.

SEATTLE — Court documents were released Thursday detailing how police linked suspect Brian Kochberger to the murders of four University of Idaho students.

Kochberger faces four charges of first-degree murder and burglary after Madison Mogen, Kaylie Gonsalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were found stabbed to death on November 13.

According to an affidavit, police found a bunch of knives in one of the victim’s bedrooms that contained a DNA sample.

DNA evidence obtained from a knife at the scene and from Kochberger’s parents’ home was tested at an Idaho lab, court documents say. The results showed that the DNA from the parental home almost certainly belonged to the father of the person whose DNA was on the knife.

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Investigators say cell phone data indicates that Kochberger turned off his cell phone at the time of the murders. Before the data was turned off at 2:47 a.m., it showed Kochberger leaving his apartment and heading south via Pullman. When Kochberger’s phone reports back to the network at 4:48 a.m., the phone was near Blaine, Idaho, south of Moscow. Data shows that Koberger then returns to his Pullman apartment.

Read below the full text of the unsealed affidavit explaining the reason for Kochberger’s arrest.

Read the criminal case, which explains the charges against Kochberger, below.

Koberger held his first hearing in Idaho on Thursday after he was arrested and extradited from Pennsylvania. Kochberger’s court-appointed attorney requested bail, but Idaho Magistrate Megan E. Marshall denied it.

The next step in the process is a pretrial hearing, where prosecutors present evidence and witnesses in open court, and the judge decides whether to tie Kochberger for trial, meaning the case goes to the district court. Sometimes, defendants may opt out of a preliminary hearing.

Alternatively, Kochberger could go through the grand jury process, which is a mechanism for taking a serious criminal case to the district court and replacing a preliminary hearing. This process can lead to an indictment.

After being released on bail and a preliminary hearing, Kochberger will have a hearing on the charges. That’s when he’ll enter a guilty or not guilty plea. Thereafter, if the accusers and defendants wish, they may begin plea negotiations.

Otherwise, both sides will prepare for the trial.

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