Suspect in Idaho student murders followed victims on Instagram, family says | ET REALITY

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Among the endless questions surrounding the November 2022 murders from University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Madson “Maddie” Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin: Did they know their killer?

in a affidavit describing the case, investigators say DNA, cell phone records and surveillance camera evidence link accused killer, Bryan Kohberger, to the crime. But his defense attorneys say in a court filing that “there is no connection between Mr. Kohberger and the victims.”

Criminologist and CBS News consultant Bryanna Fox adds that “the defense claims that the defendant, Bryan Kohberger, and the victims have absolutely no connection. There is no motive, there is no reason for this crime to be committed. So “You’re essentially raising more doubts in the minds of jurors.”

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From left, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison “Maddie” Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

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But Kaylee Goncalves’ parents, Steve and Kristi, believe they have proof of a connection.

Minutes after learning Kohberger’s name, Kristi Goncalves says, “We went online and immediately started Googling.”

Steve Goncalves adds: “He was a PhD student at Washington State, they told us. Are we like PhDs? What the hell is going on? Who?”

Steve and Kristi Goncalves spoke with “48 Hours” correspondent Peter Van Sant about “The Night of the Idaho Student Murders.”

They say they discovered “digital evidence” that they say showed a link between Kohberger and two of the victims.

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The Gonçalves family provided “48 Hours” with screenshots of an Instagram account they believe belonged to Kohberger. Those screenshots include what they say is Kohberger’s Instagram profile and a list of people she followed, including Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.

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In the interview with Van Sant, the Goncalves family provided screenshots of an Instagram account they believe belonged to Kohberger. Those screenshots include what they say is Kohberger’s Instagram profile and a list of people she followed, including Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.

“48 Hours” has not been able to confirm the authenticity of this account.

Kristi Goncalves says that when they tried to cross-reference Kaylee, Maddie, Xana, and Ethan’s accounts, it appeared that this Kohberger account had interacted with Maddie’s Instagram.

“You’d go on Maddie’s Instagram account and look at her pictures, and he liked them,” Kristi said. “She had liked them. Bryan’s name was under a lot of Maddie’s photos. He liked her photos, he liked that photo and that photo, and that photo, and that photo. So she was actively looking at the account of Instagram”.

The Gonçalves say the account is no longer active. She disappeared shortly after Kohberger’s arrest, the same day as the “Celebration of Life” ceremony for Kaylee and Maddie.

“When we got home from the Celebration of Life, it was gone… the Instagram account was gone,” Kristi Goncalves says.

A judge entered not guilty plea on behalf of Kohberger. TO trial date It has not been announced.

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