Bryan Kohberger was fired for “behavioral issues” just days before he was arrested for the alleged murder of four University of Idaho students.
Kohberger, 28, faced disciplinary action at his job at Washington State University before finally being fired on Dec. 19 — just over a month after the four youths were found stabbed to death in Moscow. Eleven days later, on December 30, Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania.
He took up the position in August and was under investigation within a month for “behavioral problems” and a “sexist attitude toward women,” NewsNation said.
The alleged quadruple killer reportedly received several warnings about his behavior and was taken to a meeting with a group of professors to discuss it, with his attitude towards women being a major talking point.
Professors reportedly said he was “rude to women” and judged them differently than the male students. He also reportedly had a “sexist attitude toward women he associated with at school.”
Kohberger has been charged with the brutal murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, in their off-campus home on Nov. 13 and faces four counts of first-degree murder in Idaho Before Their Deaths.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, was fired for “behavioral problems” and a “sexist attitude toward women.” He was released just days before he allegedly killed four University of Idaho students on November 13
Kohberger has been charged with the brutal murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, at their off-campus home on Nov. 13. The Pennsylvanian faces four counts of first-degree murder in Idaho over 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 conduct.”
Kohberger reportedly became “fessier” and “more belligerent” after the meeting, getting into arguments with professors.
Weeks later, Snyder emailed the alleged killer, indicating that the teaching assistant had “failed to live up to expectations,” according to NewsNation. On November 2, Kohberger and the professor met to discuss an “improvement plan.”
Professors reportedly said he was “rude to women” and judged them differently than the male students. He also reportedly had a “sexist attitude toward women he associated with at school”
Exclusive photos from DailyMail.com show Washington State University Police squad cars parked outside Wilson Short-Hall, where the criminology department is located
Kohberger had used office 12 on the first floor of Wilson-Short Hall at Washington State University
Over a month later – and after the murders have already taken place – Kohberger met with the group of professors to discuss his progress on the improvement plan.
Two days after the meeting, Snyder told the criminology graduate student that he had “made no progress in professionalism.”
Bryan Kohberger faced disciplinary action prior to the quadruple murders: timeline
August: Started a job as a teaching assistant at Washington State University
September 23: Feud with Professor John Snyder at Washington State University
October 3: Met with Snyder about his ‘professional conduct’
21st of October: Kohberger received an email stating that he was not meeting expectations
November 2nd: Met with Snyder to discuss an ‘improvement plan’
November 13: Kohberger allegedly murdered four University of Idaho students
December 7: Met with a group of professors who mentioned his “sexist attitude towards women” and that his “behavioral issues” were concerning
December 9: Had a second altercation with Snyder, who told the criminology student that he had “made no progress in professionalism”
December 19: He has been officially fired
December 30: He was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania
On December 19, Kohberger was officially relieved of his teaching duties and on December 30 he was arrested in Pennsylvania.
Kohberger was a teacher’s assistant while enrolling in his graduate degree in criminology at Washington State University.
As part of his graduate program, he may have had access to bodycam footage from five police departments, as well as a live feed of campus security footage.
A WSU spokesperson urged 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 accessed the database without permission.
The CSI Lab does not include footage from the police station 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 review unedited crime scene footage and other disturbing footage.
However, Phil Weiler, WSU’s vice president of marketing and communications, told the outlet that Kohberger was never given access to the programs containing the footage.
“To be clear, Bryan Kohberger has never had access to any footage from Washington State University’s Complex Social Interaction Lab,” he said.
“Access to that facility is strictly controlled. All research assistants must undergo background checks, hold FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Level 2 certification, be fingerprinted by the FBI and sign a confidentiality agreement to enter the facility,” Weiler said.
But the insider claimed that “several individuals who have not passed vetting or training” had access to the facility as part of their duties, including “technical support personnel.”
In addition, after the gruesome murders, two prosecutors began examining cold case files to see if there was a possible link to Kohberger.
“Your natural question is to ask, ‘Is this guy wanted?'” Northampton County DA Terrence Houck told King 5. “Is his name out there? Did he do something here? [my] district?’
While at WSU for his graduate program, Kohberger may have had unofficial access to bodycam footage from five police departments and the school’s security footage
Lehigh County DA Jim Martin felt the same way, given that Kohberger had spent four years studying criminology for his undergraduate degree in his district, despite Kohberger having no criminal record prior to the Idaho charges.
‘The first thing I did was ask the director of the RIC [Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center] to see if we had contact with Mr. Kohberger,” he told King 5.
There was only one connection to the suspected quadruple killer out of 6 million police reports in the system and it was simply a 911 call about his car being locked out near a bike path.
“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), began investigating cold case files in their respective counties after Kohberger’s arrest to see if they could find a possible link. Neither found
Lehigh County found no other connection to Kohberger, and Northampton had no incidents with the 28-year-old student.
“In fact, nothing regarding Kohberger has come to fruition so far in our cold case or unsolved investigations, but we are always continuing to investigate and pursue leads,” Houck told King 5.
Northampton used Kohberger’s height, weight and method of working to search the database for similar cases.
As for Lehigh County, there were “no unsolved homicides that in any way matched the modus operandi of this Idaho event,” Martin said.
Kohberger is expected to appear in court again on June 26, having waived his right to a speedy trial in January.
He asked for the loophole in the court process to give his lawyers more time to learn more about the prosecutor’s case against him.