Suspected University of Idaho Murderer Attempts to Cover His Tracks with Cellphone Data

( – A man accused of brutally stabbing four college students in Moscow, Idaho claims cell phone data will prove his alibi. Twenty-eight-year-old Bryan Kohberger allegedly murdered four University of Idaho Students on November 13th, 2022, at their off-campus residence. The victims of the brutal crime were Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21. Prosecutors claim DNA evidence from a knife sheath recovered at the crime scene connects Kohberger to the murders. Surveillance footage also shows a vehicle matching the description of Kohberger’s vehicle in the area of the crime scene at the time of the stabbings.

Kohberger’s legal team originally presented an alibi claiming he was driving alone at the time of the murders to “look at the moon.” His attorneys said in a new court filing on Wednesday, April 17th, that his alibi was confirmed using location data from his mobile phone. They also claim that an expert witness will confirm the information. Their expert witness is Cy Ray, founder of ZetX Corp., a company that specializes in cellular geolocation mapping. Ray has testified in other homicide cases.

Ray has not always been seen as a credible witness. District Court Judge Juan Villasenor from Colorado claimed the Trax mapping data to be based on a “sea of unreliability” after other technology experts found problems with the information presented in a stalking case.

Kohberger, a student at Washington State University and resident of Pullman, Washington was arrested in December of 2022. Cell phone location evidence also proves that Kohberger was near the house where the murders took place at least a dozen times before the morning the students were massacred. A motive for the gruesome stabbings has not yet been released. Limited information is available on the case due to a sweeping gag order.

The home where the crime occurred was demolished in December 2023.

Kohberger faces the death penalty if convicted.

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