Idaho murders: Sources tell Judge Jeanine Pirro ‘genealogy DNA’ helped nab suspect

The suspect arrested in connection with the murders of four University of Idaho students was nabbed at least in part on « genealogical DNA » evidence, sources told Fox News Judge Jeanine Pirro.

« [M]“Your sources tell me that there is genealogical DNA that has been established in this case that led police to this particular suspect,” Pirro said on “The Five” Friday.

« So although it is, according to my sources who are very credible and reliable, …. if you try murder cases and especially murder cases that involve multiple victims, you understand that really the investigation begins now. »

Pirro recounted how Idaho authorities said at a Friday afternoon press conference that suspect Bryan Kohberger’s probable cause affidavit would be unsealed following his successful extradition from Pennsylvania – where he was captured – to Idaho.


Bryan Christopher Kohberger was arrested Friday morning in connection with the murder of four University of Idaho students. Officials released few details about the murders or the suspect at a news conference on Friday.
(Washington State University/Instagram)

Kohberger was arrested early Friday at a private community near the village of Jonas in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. He was arraigned before a Monroe County judge and remains in custody.

The suspect was a doctoral student in criminal justice/criminology at Washington State University — not far from the University of Idaho — and was previously a graduate of DeSales University in Allentown, according to the AP.

On « The Five, » Pirro said investigators will likely look even deeper into Kohberger’s background.


Police executed a search warrant at a home near the Washington-Idaho border on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, just minutes from where four University of Idaho students were killed on Nov. 13.

Police executed a search warrant at a home near the Washington-Idaho border on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, just minutes from where four University of Idaho students were killed on Nov. 13.
(Stephanie Pagones/Fox News Digital, inset: Monroe County Correctional Facility, Pennsylvania)

« The problem is, what did he say? Who did he hang out with? When he was in school, did he talk about doing this kind of thing as a justice scholar He was interested in what the criminal was thinking when a criminal committed a violent crime, so there’s all kinds of additional evidence that will be gathered at this point in the future,” she said.

« So when you try a murder case, you understand that you’re still investigating until your final statement. And I’ve done that many times now when it comes to genealogy evidence – they can literally get evidence going back years. 1800. »

Pirro, who previously served as a Republican district attorney in Westchester County, NY, said if Kohberger didn’t have a criminal record, he probably wouldn’t have gotten results in the forces’ CODIS database. order, which would lead authorities to instead analyze blood from the crime scene for leads related to genealogy.


« And so they find out who the parents were. Once they find out who the suspect is, then they start continuing to investigate, dispersed from Idaho to the car all the way to Pennsylvania. And they fill up historical data, » she said.

« So CODIS can give us 30% case resolution. But this pedigree DNA can give us a 90% chance of solving those cases. So in addition to what will be unequivocal evidence, they’re going to have all kinds of evidence circumstantial. in addition to this evidence, which we will see when the affidavit is unsealed. »


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