According to a source, jailed Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger is not allowed to interact with other inmates.
New details on the terms of Mr Kohberger’s arrest were revealed on Wednesday’s Ashleigh Banfield’s NewsNation segment.
An unnamed source who reportedly has access to Mr. Kohberger in the Latah County jail told the network the quadruple murder suspect is allowed to attend mass every Sunday despite solitary confinement.
However, the source noted that Mr. Kohberger is prohibited from associating with other inmates and he usually keeps his head down while on duty.
Mr. Kohberger had just finished his first semester at Washington State University when he was arrested on December 30 for allegedly murdering Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chaplin on November 13.
The former criminology PhD student, who was linked to the crime thanks to DNA found at the scene, is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on June 26. He has not filed a plea, but said through a public defender earlier this year that he was “eager to be exonerated”.
Among other revelations from the unnamed source is that Mr. Kohberger has access to mental health services but has not yet applied to use those resources.
Ms Banfield also said Mr Kohberger had access to a television and could ask guards to change channels for him.
Because Mr. Kohberger is reportedly forbidden from associating with the other 16 inmates at the Latah County jail, he keeps to himself as he goes to mass every Sunday, the source told NewsNation.
“The other inmates, we are told, are very curious about Bryan Kohberger. They’re also relieved, we’re told, that he’s keeping his head down and hasn’t caused anyone any trouble,” Ms Banfield told her audience.
Inmates were said to have been impressed by Mr Kohberger’s “imposing” figure, Ms Banfield said, adding that they had expected him to be thinner.
“When I first saw Kohberger in person, it was a very different picture,” she said. “On TV, the description was that he looked like a toothpick, a thin toothpick on TV, but the toothpick image on TV looks like he’s well over 200 pounds in person and quite imposing, according to this source.”
One of those detained at the facility reportedly said Mr Kohberger “doesn’t look like a psychopath,” Ms Banfield said. Ex-inmate Larry Levine, who was brought into the segment as a consultant, said that in his own experience, suspected killers don’t always look unusual.
“I flew with Con-Air, they call it JPATS, [Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System]I was chained next to a guy who was a serial killer, he killed about five people,” Mr Levine said. “…this guy seemed as normal as you or me. You really can’t say that.”
Mr. Levine added: “He was really intelligent, the things he said he admitted to me: ‘Yeah, well, I killed them and they deserved it.’
“But he seemed level-headed. Bryan Kohberger is not stupid, maybe more arrogant than anything.”
When asked about reports of Mr. Kohberger being taunted by other inmates, Mr. Levine theorized that they did so “to get under his skin.”
“I see that a lot in prisons, they’re probably telling him he’s going to get the electric chair, they’re going to fry him,” Mr Levine said.
Prosecutors have not announced any plans to seek the death penalty, but Mr. Kohberger’s attorney, Ann Taylor, is one of 13 qualified public defenders in the state representing defendants in a potential death penalty case.
In addition to the DNA found at the scene, Mr. Kohberger has been linked to the murders through cellphone data and surveillance video of what prosecutors believe is his white Hyundai Elantra leaving the scene after the killings, according to the affidavit for his arrest.
One of the victims’ surviving roommates was also able to partially describe the killer to investigators after meeting him face-to-face following the murders. The murder weapon – a fixed-blade knife – was not found during the searches and it is still unclear where it might be located.
Two arrest warrants were issued last month and received by The Independent indicate that investigators collected a Glock .40 caliber gun, empty gun magazines, a knife, a pocket knife, black face masks, black gloves, electronic equipment and other items of clothing from Mr. Kohberger’s parents’ home in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested .
Mr. Kohberger’s family home was searched the same day as another search at his home in Pullman, Washington, which was a 15-minute drive from the crime scene in Moscow.
The search warrant in Washington was released in January and revealed that investigators had seized a “cluster of dark red” stains and a pillow with a “reddish-brown stain” at Mr. Kohberger’s Pullman apartment. A Fire TV stick and possible strands of animal hair were also confiscated by the police.