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Idaho Killing Suspect Lost Teaching Job After 'Altercations' With Prof

Bryan Kohberger, the Ph.D. student charged with murdering four University of Idaho undergraduates, displayed such troubling behavior in the weeks around the killings that his university investigated his conduct around women, counseled him over a verbal altercation with a professor and fired him from his job as a teaching assistant, reports the New York Times. Less than two weeks before the November 13 killings, Kohberger was called to a meeting with faculty members to discuss growing concerns about his behavior. The meeting was part of a series of discussions over Kohberger’s conduct during his criminology studies at Washington State University, seven miles west of the University of Idaho.

The faculty’s concerns with Kohberger grew after the killings. They culminated in the criminal justice department’s decision to terminate Kohberger from his teaching assistant role in December, telling him he had failed to meet the conditions required to maintain his funding. Professors were told that some female students reported that Kohberger had made them feel uncomfortable. Kohberger was accused of following a female student to her car. The termination decision was based on his unsatisfactory performance as a teaching assistant, including his failure to meet the “norms of professional behavior” in his interactions with the faculty. Kohberger began having troubles a month into the fall semester, his first at Washington State. He had an “altercation” on Sept. 23 with John Snyder, the professor he was assisting. On Nov. 2, department leaders met with Kohberger to discuss an improvement plan. Eleven days later, the four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death overnight in a home just off campus in Moscow, Idaho. Officials described a second “altercation” that Kohberger had with the professor after the killings, on Dec. 9. Kohberger is jailed after being charged with four counts of murder; he has said he looks forward to being exonerated.

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