University of Idaho murder victim tried escaping suspected killer Bryan Kohberger but was 'trapped' by friend's body: family

02:20 16.09.2023

The heartbroken parents of Kaylee Goncalves, one of the University of Idaho students killed in a quadruple stabbing last fall, have revealed new details about the horrific attack. In an upcoming interview on CBS' "48 Hours," Steve and Kristi Goncalves shared that their daughter tried to escape the attacker but was ultimately trapped by the suspect and the layout of the bedroom where she died.

According to the parents, there is evidence to suggest that Kaylee awakened and attempted to get out of the situation before being assaulted and stabbed. The father also revealed that the coroner's report indicated that Kaylee's best friend, Madison Maddie Mogen, was likely the killer's first victim. The parents believe that Kaylee, who was stuck between Maddie's body and the wall, was an unintended target.

The parents described the layout of the bedroom, explaining that the bed was up against the wall, with the headboard and left side touching it. Maddie was on the outside of the bed, while Kaylee was trapped on the inside. The killer may have been surprised to find the two friends in the same bed, leading to speculation that his original plan went awry.

Xana Kernodle, another housemate, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, were killed on the second floor of the house. Another roommate who was spared from the violence reported seeing a masked man leaving through a sliding door. The attack occurred at 4 a.m. on November 13, 2022, after the victims had spent a night out partying before their Thanksgiving break.

After a seven-week investigation, Bryan Kohberger, a criminology Ph.D. student at Washington State University, was arrested at his parents' house in Pennsylvania in December 2022. Police seized knives, masks, gloves, black clothing, computers, and a phone from the Pennsylvania house, along with Kohberger's 2015 Hyundai Elantra. The suspect's DNA was also found on a knife sheath discovered under Mogen's body.

Kohberger allegedly stalked the victims' house multiple times before the murders and returned once to the scene hours later. However, the defense has denied any connection between Kohberger and the victims. A trial, originally scheduled to begin in October, has been postponed, and Kohberger is being held without bail at the Latah County Jail in Moscow, Idaho.

The Goncalves family believes that justice will be served, despite the defense's claims. They have been vocal about the investigation and have expressed their conviction that Kohberger is guilty. The trial will be closely watched by the family, who plan to attend in order to ensure that Kohberger knows the impact of his actions.

While doubts have been raised about the strength of the case against Kohberger, including challenges to the validity of cellphone evidence, the Goncalveses remain steadfast in their belief that he is responsible for their daughter's death. As they continue to mourn their loss, they hope that the trial will bring closure and justice for Kaylee and her friends.

/ Saturday, September 16, 2023, 2:20 AM /

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