Bryan Kohberger’s sisters ‘lose their jobs’ despite refusing to visit accused Idaho killer in jail
The sisters of Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger have lost their jobs, despite the family refusing to visit the accused killer in jail, a source has revealed.
The 28-year-old is accused of stalking and brutally murdering four University of Idaho students at their off-campus home in Moscow last November.
Kohberger’s arrest for the killings has severely impacted his family, who are struggling financially, the source told News Nation. Now, his sisters, Melissa and Amanda, have been let go from their jobs because of their relationship with the accused killer, the outlet learned.
Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania after driving cross-country with his father after the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin, and Xana Kernodle.
Prosecutors have yet to reveal if they intend to seek the death penalty. He is due back in court on June 26 and is being held without bail until then.
DailyMail.com spoke with current and former inmates, as well as jail sources who told of alleged quadruple murderer Bryan Kohberger’s time in jail
Kohberger’s older sister Melissa Kohberger was a school counselor
Kohberger’s younger sister, Amanda, had been working as an actress
In January, his family issued a statement that said they would be standing by him, adding: ‘We will love and support our son and brother.’
The statement was released just days after the former Washington State University criminology student was arrested and charged with four counts of murder in the first degree, as well as felony burglary.
Now, months later, Kohberger’s family is facing a multitude of troubles in the wake of the arrest.
His older sister Melissa Kohberger was school counselor and his younger sister, Amanda, was working as an actress.
Both have been let go from their jobs because of their relationship with their brother, it was reported.
The family has reportedly not visited Kohberger in jail, but have spoken to him on the phone.
Kohberger, who was pursuing his PhD at nearby Washington State University before his arrest in January, is now back in Idaho where he is being kept in isolation far from other inmates given the depravity of his alleged crimes.
Kerri Rawson, who is the daughter of Dennis Lynn Rader, also known as the BTK Killer, joined News Nation’s Brian Entin on the show where she discussed the impact on family when related members are accused of crimes.
‘Kohberger’s family, as far we know at this point, are crime victims too,’ Rawson said.
Kohberger meets with a local pastor who leads him in prayer every Sunday, follows his trial on the news and seldom speaks to other inmates, sources reveal
Maddie Mogen (top) Kaylee Goncalves (second from left) Xana Kernodle (second from right) and Ethan Chapin (center) – all students at the University of Idaho – were knifed to death on November 13 in the quiet, college town of Moscow
This is the murder house where four students were stabbed to death. The home is now boarded up and is slated for demolition
Between 1974 and 1991, Rawson’s father killed 10 people in Wichita and Park City, Kansas, and sent taunting letters to police and media outlets describing the details of his crimes.
Rawson said her family took a break from their jobs and their lives to deal with the fallout from her father’s arrest and trial in the early 2000s.
Rawson said she didn’t visit her father in jail for emotional reasons, but said it’s possible the Kohberger family hasn’t visited the Idaho murder suspect for financial reasons.
Kohberger has been locked up at the Latah County Jail since early January.
Dailymail.com revealed earlier this month that each week, Kohberger sits down for one-on-one sessions with members of Project Hope Idaho, a local Christian organization that dispatches about a dozen lay ministers to county jails and prisons to provide gospel services and classes on Sunday nights.
Kohberger leaves his cell at 7pm on Sundays to meet with the minister who leads him in prayer in the prison library.
By all accounts, the 28-year-old has been a model prisoner, a jail official tells DailyMail.com. This despite facing taunts from inmates who sometimes shout at him as he shuffles past their cells.
Kohberger, 28, has been locked up without bail at the Latah County Jail in Idaho since early January as he awaits trial
Ministers at the Christian organization believe everyone, including Kohberger and other accused criminals, are welcome to receive God’s forgiveness for their alleged crimes. The group shares the gospel and provides classes at local Idaho prisons, according to the website
Earlier this month, prosecutors laid out in charging documents how Kohberger stalked his alleged victims’ off-campus home in Moscow for weeks before the murders and kept multiple photos of one of one of the female students on his phone.
Some of his former friends have even told FBI and state investigators how Kohberger changed both physically and emotionally in his senior year of high school — even apparently getting a tummy tuck.
Prosecutors also laid out how Kohberger turned off his phone on the night of the murders in an alleged attempt to cover his tracks before brutally stabbing the four college students.
He is even alleged to have returned to the scene of the crime at 9am on November 13 — just hours after police believe he committed the quadruple homicide.
The probable cause document then goes on to say that the criminal justice graduate stalked the property at least 12 times, and his DNA was found on a knife sheath close to the bodies of Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.
An ensuing investigation of Kohberger’s apartment at Washington State University later found several hair strands, including one suspected animal hair, a black glove, a computer tower and one unidentified item with a collection of ‘dark red spots.’
The university where he worked was only a little over eight miles from the murder scene
Police said they also hauled away a pillow with a ‘reddish/brown stain’ on it and the top and bottom of a mattress cover with ‘multiple stains’.
All the items are now being stored at the Washington State University Police department.
A motive for the brutal killings remains unclear – and Kohberger is currently being kept isolated from other inmates in an Idaho for his safety, a former FBI agent recently told Newsweek.
Despite being in solitary confinement, however, Kohberger is far from roughing it – and has reportedly been allowed amenities such his own television as he is kept away from other accused and convicted criminals.
His is not set to appear in in court until June 26 and has not yet entered a plea – but his lawyer in December said he was ‘eager to be exonerated.’ He is being held without bail until then.
KOHBERGER FAMILY ISSUED A STATEMENT IN JANUARY SAYING THEY THEY WILL STAND BY THE IDAHO MURDERS SUSPECT
In January, Kohberger’s family issued a statement that said they will stand by him, adding: ‘We will love and support our son and brother’.
Bryan Kohberger’s family addressed the charges, shared condolences to the victims families and asked for people to refrain from judgement.
Kohberger, who has been called a ‘black sheep’ among his peers, was arrested Friday in his home state of Pennsylvania.
‘We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and brother,’ the family said.
‘First and foremost, we care deeply for the four families who have lost their precious children.
‘There are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel, and we pray each day for them,’ the statement, obtained by TMZ, read in part.
‘We have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than judge unknown facts and make erroneous assumptions,’ the family continued.
Kohberger’s family asked for privacy during this time as they cooperate with law enforcement to get to the bottom of the case.
‘We respect privacy in this matter as our family and the families suffering loss can move forward through the legal process,’ the family said.
The statement was released just days after the Washington State University criminology student was arrested and charged with four counts of murder in the first degree, as well as felony burglary.
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