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Suspect In Idaho Student Killing Got New License Plate After Murders

The man accused of killing four University of Idaho college students got a new license plate for his car five days after the murders. Washington State licensing documents show that the vehicle driven by the suspect, Bryan Kohberger, was a white Hyundai Elantra, the type of vehicle investigators had been seeking, reports the New York Times. Moscow, Id., police had said that a white Hyundai Elantra from between 2011 and 2013 had been seen near the scene of the crimes on the night of the killings on Nov. 13. Kohberger’s car was a 2015 model registered on Nov. 18. The car had previously been registered in Pennsylvania, Kohberger's home state. Kohberger, 28, had moved to Pullman, Wa.,, to study criminology in a Ph.D. program at Washington State University in August. He has said through a lawyer that he expects to be exonerated.

Police in Indiana released new body camera footage showing that, two weeks before Kohberger was arrested, the police there had pulled him over twice in a 10-minute stretch for tailgating. The traffic stops on Dec. 15 came as Kohberger was driving across the country with his father for winter break in the same car for which he had obtained the new license plate. During both stops, the suspect’s father mentioned a fatal police standoff that took place that morning near Washington State University and said he and his son had been discussing the “horrifying” incident. On Wednesday, Kohberger was flown by the police from Pennsylvania, where he was visiting his parents after the road trip, to Idaho, where he stands accused of stabbing four students to death overnight in their home on Nov. 13.


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