Brian Koberger in court, University of Idaho murder documents released

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BOISE, Idaho – Idaho authorities have publicly released court documents in the prosecution’s case against Brian Koberger, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in the slayings of four Idaho State University students.

ABC News is currently reviewing the documents, which include the probable cause affidavit used to justify Koberger’s arrest and warrant.

This is the most important news. A previous version of this report is below.

The man accused in the November murders of four Idaho State University students has been extradited to Idaho, where he is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary, and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Brian Koberger’s arrival on the staff also means that classified documents that could answer key questions in the closely watched case will soon be released.

Kochberger, a 28-year-old doctoral student at Washington State University, was taken by Pennsylvania State Police to a small regional airport near the Idaho border and turned over to local authorities Wednesday night. Uniformed law enforcement officers waited on the tarmac until the plane landed, then escorted a handcuffed Kochberger into a five-car motorcade traveling from Washington across the Idaho border.

He was due to appear on Thursday at the Latakh District Court in Moscow, the student town where the attack took place.

The public release of court documents could shed light on why Latah County District Attorney Bill Thompson Coburger was charged in the Nov. 13 stabbing deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin and answer key questions about how authorities built the case against him.

Koberger was arrested at his parents’ home in eastern Pennsylvania last week and agreed to be extradited to Idaho. His attorney in Pennsylvania, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason Labar, said Koberger is desperate to be exonerated and called him a “regular guy.” He said Kohberger will be represented by the chief public defender in Kootenai County, Idaho, when he comes to the state.

Brian Koberger, accused of killing four Idaho State University students, is escorted to an extradition hearing at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Police have released few details of the investigation, and a judge has issued a strict order barring lawyers, law enforcement and other officials from discussing the case.

An overnight attack on a home near the University of Idaho campus sparked fear in and around Moscow as authorities appeared surprised by the brutal stabbings. However, investigators were able to make a breakthrough after locating a white sedan that was seen around the time of the murders and analyzing DNA evidence collected at the crime scene.

Kayleigh Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen were killed on the campus of Idaho State University.

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Investigators said they are still looking for a motive and the weapon used in the attack.

The bodies of Gonsalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Chapin, 20, of Conway, Wash., were found Nov. 13 in the rental home where the women lived. Kernodle and Chapin were dating, and he was at the house that evening.

The Latta County Prosecutor’s Office said they believe Koberger broke into the victims’ home with the intent to commit murder.

Although Moscow police have been tight-lipped about the investigation, last month authorities asked the public for help in locating a white sedan that was seen near the crime scene — specifically, a 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra. The tips poured in, and investigators soon announced they were sifting through about 20,000 potential cars.

Koberger, meanwhile, apparently stayed in Pullman, Wash., until the end of the semester at WSU. He then drove across the country to his parents’ home in Pennsylvania, accompanied by his father. They were in a white Elantra.

While driving through Indiana, Koberger was pulled over twice on the same day — first by a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy, then minutes later by an Indiana State trooper.

Dash cam video of the first stop, released by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, shows Koberger behind the wheel and his father in the passenger seat on Dec. 15. Both men told the law enforcement officer they were driving from WSU before the officer sent them on their way with a warning for following too closely.

Indiana State Police released dash cam footage of the second stop. The agency said at the time the trooper had no information identifying Koberger as a suspect in the killings. Koberger was again cautioned for following too closely.

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Associated Press writers Mark Levy in Harrisburg, Pa., and Manuel Valdez in Seattle contributed to this story.

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Brian Koberger in court, University of Idaho murder documents released

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