STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Accused Idaho college killer Bryan Kohberger told a judge Tuesday he had no mental health issues as he agreed to be extradited from Pennsylvania to Idaho in his first court hearing.
Handcuffed and wearing a red prison jumpsuit, the man accused of killing four University of Idaho college students answered a series of “yes” and “no” questions about his decision to waive his extradition hearing.
“Mr. Kohberger, do you suffer from any mental health diagnosis or take prescribed medication or medication that would impact ability to understand what we are doing here today?” presiding Judge Margherita Worthington asked — to which he answered “no.”
“Do you wish to waive your rights and voluntarily return to state of Idaho to face prosecution?” the judge asked.
“Yes,” the 28-year-old suspect responded.
The short hearing that lasted around 10 minutes set in motion his extradition to Idaho, where he will be formally charged.
The alleged murderer was led into the court at 3:24 p.m. with his hands cuffed and attached to a prisoner belt.
Kohberger scanned the courtroom while walking in, as people in the gallery fell silent. His family — mom, dad and two sisters — had already been brought into court by Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar at 2:55 p.m.
A few seconds after he sat down, Kohberger turned back around at his family and gave his dad Michael a wry smile and nod.
His dad then hugged the two daughters to his right and reached out to give his wife, Maryann, a reassuring touch on the shoulder.
Right before the judge banged her gavel at 3:30 p.m., his sister Melissa sobbed silently and was given a box of tissues by a sheriff.
Kohberger was arrested early Friday at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pa. after driving cross-country from his home in Pullman, Wash. with his father.