Bryan Kohberger was fired from his teaching assistant job due to ‘behavioral problems’ just days before he was arrested for allegedly murdering four University of Idaho students.
Kohberger, 28, was facing disciplinary actions at his Washington State University job before he was ultimately let go on December 19 – just over a month after the four youngsters were found stabbed to death in Moscow. Eleven days later on December 30, Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania.
He started the position in August and was put under investigation within a month due to ‘behavioral problems’ and having a ‘sexist attitude toward women,’ NewsNation said.
The alleged quadruple murderer was reportedly issued several warnings about his behavior and was brought into a meeting with a group of professors to discuss it, with his attitude toward women being a key talking point.
Professors reportedly said he was ‘rude to women’ and that he graded them differently than the male students. He also reportedly had a ‘sexist attitude toward females he interacted with at the school.’
Kohberger has been accused of brutally murdering Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, in their off-campus home on November 13 and faces four first-degree murder charges in Idaho for their deaths.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, was let go from his teaching assistant job due to ‘behavioral problems’ and for having a ‘sexist attitude toward women.’ He was let go just days before he allegedly murdered four University of Idaho students on November 13
Kohberger has been accused of brutally murdering Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, in their off-campus home on November 13. The Pennsylvanian faces four first-degree murder charges in Idaho for their deaths
During his time as a teaching assistant, Kohberger also reportedly had multiple altercations with Professor John Snyder.
He had an argument with the professor on September 23. Ten days later, Snyder pulled Kohberger into a meeting to discuss his ‘professional behavior.’
Kohberger reportedly became more ‘feisty’ and ‘belligerent’ after the meeting and got into arguments with professors.
Weeks later, Snyder sent the alleged murderer an email, citing that the teaching assistant had failed to ‘meet expectations,’ according to NewsNation. On November 2, Kohberger and the professor met to discuss an ‘improvement plan.’
More than a month later – and after the murders have already occurred – Kohberger met with the group of professors and Snyder told the criminology graduate student that he ‘had made no progress regarding professionalism.’
Professors reportedly said he was ‘rude to women’ and that he graded them differently than the male students. He also reportedly had a ‘sexist attitude toward females he interacted with at the school’
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Kohberger had used office 12 on the first floor of Wilson-Short Hall at Washington State University
Bryan Kohberger was facing disciplinary actions prior to the quadruple murders: Timeline
August: Started teaching assistant job at Washington State University
September 23: Altercation with Professor John Snyder at Washington State University
October 3: Had a meeting with Snyder regarding his ‘professional behavior’
October 21: Kohberger received an email informing him he failed to ‘meet expectations’
November 2: Had a meeting with Snyder to discuss an ‘improvement plan’
November 13: Kohberger allegedly kills four University of Idaho students
December 7: Had a meeting with a group of professors who cited his ‘sexist attitude toward women’ and that his ‘behavioral issues’ were concerning
December 9: Had a second altercation with Snyder, who told the criminology student he ‘had made no progress regarding professionalism’
December 19: He was officially terminated
December 30: He was arrested at his parent’s home in Pennsylvania
On December 19, Kohberger was officially released from his teaching duties and he was arrested in Pennsylvania on December 30.
Kohberger was a teacher’s assistant while he was enrolled in his graduate degree for criminology at Washington State University.
As part of his graduate program, he might have had access to bodycam footage from five police departments, as well as a live feed to security footage from the campus.
A WSU spokesman insisted to Fox News in January that ‘Kohberger never had access to any footage’ from the CSI Lab, but an insider told the outlet that individuals on campus may have had access to the database without authorization.
The CSI Lab does not include footage from the police department in nearby Moscow, Idaho.
The source quoted by Fox News, who works for the university, speculated that Kohberger could have used the CSI Lab to view unredacted images from crime scenes, and other disturbing footage.
However, Phil Weiler, WSU’s vice president of marketing and communications, told the outlet that Kohberger never obtained entry to the programs that maintain the footage.
‘To be clear, Bryan Kohberger never had access to any footage from the Complex Social Interaction Lab at Washington State University,’ he said.
‘Access to that facility is strictly controlled. All research assistants must complete a background check, an FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Level 2 certification, be fingerprinted by the FBI and sign a confidentiality agreement in order to enter the facility,’ said Weiler.
But the insider claimed that ‘multiple individuals who have not gone through the vetting or training’ had access to the facility as part of their duties, including ‘technical support staff.’
In addition, following the gruesome murders, two district attorney’s offices began looking into cold case files to see if there was any potential linking to Kohberger.
‘Your natural question is to start wondering: “Is this guy wanted?”‘ Northampton County DA Terrence Houck told King 5. ‘Is his name out there? Did he do anything here in [my] county?’
While at WSU for his graduate program, Kohberger may have unofficially had access to five police departments’ bodycam footage and the school’s security footage
Lehigh County DA Jim Martin felt the same way, considering Kohberger had spent four years studying criminology for his undergraduate degree in his county, despite Kohberger not having a criminal record prior to the Idaho allegations.
‘The first thing I did was ask the director of the RIC [Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center] to see if we had any contact with Mr. Kohberger,’ he told King 5.
There was only one connection to the suspected quadruple murderer among the 6million police reports in the system and it was simply a 911 call about being locked out of his car near a bike trail.
‘And there was a response from him thanking the police and apologizing for the inconvenience,’ Martin said.
Two Pennsylvania DAs Terrence Houck (left) and Jim Martin (right) became looking into cold case files in their respective counties following Kohberger’s arrest to see if they could find a potential link. Neither found one
Lehigh County did not find any other connection to Kohberger and Northampton did not have any incidents with the 28-year-old student.
‘In fact, nothing with respect to Kohberger has come about in our investigations of cold cases or unsolved cases to this point, but we always continue to investigate and pursue leads,’ Houck told King 5.
Northampton used Kohberger’s height, weight, and method of operations to search its database for any similar cases.
As for Lehigh County, there was ‘no unsolved homicides that in any way meet the modus operandi of this event out in Idaho,’ Martin said.
Kohberger is expected to appear in court again on June 26, after he waived his right to a speedy trial in January.
He requested the gap in court proceedings to allow his attorneys more time to learn more about prosecutors’ case against him.
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