BRYAN Kohberger was reportedly under investigation for causing discomfort to female students at his graduate school before allegedly murdering four University of Idaho students.
Kohberger, 28, was charged in late December with brutally stabbing housemates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, along with Xana’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, on November 13.
The suspect is currently in prison awaiting trial but claims he was not involved in the killings.
Prior to his arrest, Kohberger was a graduate student in criminal science at Washington State University and was alleged to have acted inappropriately towards his colleagues.
WSU faculty were reportedly told that some female students reported that Kohberger made them feel uncomfortable.
In one instance, Kohberger allegedly followed a student to her car, according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to the New York Times.
However, the university’s investigation found that Kohberger committed no wrongdoing in those complaints.
Kohberger’s behavior towards faculty was also reportedly bizarre, which allegedly led to the termination of his teaching assistant position.
According to the two sources, he was fired because of his unsatisfactory performance as a TA, which included his failure to meet “norms of professional conduct” in his interactions with faculty.
The faculty made the decision to fire Kohberger at the faculty’s year-end meeting in December, when the students’ reports were discussed.
Shortly before his arrest, Kohberger was fired from his TA job, according to three people familiar with his time at WSU.
Khoberger also received an official letter obtained from the outlet informing him that he had not met the conditions required to maintain his funding under the program.
Less than two weeks before the November killings, Kohberger had a meeting with WSU faculty members about their growing concerns about his behavior, according to a university record.
His disturbing behavior began about a month into his freshman fall semester at WSU.
On Sept. 23, Kohberger allegedly had an “argument” with the professor he was assisting, John Snyder, according to the resignation letter.
A professor reportedly emailed Kohberger by Oct. 21 about “the ways in which you have not met your expectations as a TA so far this semester,” the outlet reports.
The termination letter said department heads met with Kohberger to discuss an improvement plan on Nov. 2 — that was 11 days before the four students were stabbed to death at an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho.
Following the killing of the Idaho students, Kohberger is also said to have been involved in a second “dispute” with Professor Snyder, according to the Dec. 9 letter.
Later that month, he was fired from the department on the grounds that he had “made no progress in terms of professionalism.”
WSU spokesman Phil Weiler declined to comment on Kohberger’s time at the university because he said a federal law protecting student privacy prohibits him from doing so, the outlet reports.
The outlet also reached out to Kohberger’s attorney, but received no response.
Kohberger’s attorney previously said his client was keen to be exonerated and should be presumed innocent.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7385274/bryan-kohberger-made-female-students-uncomfortable-idaho-murders/ Presumptive University of Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger was “under investigation because he made students uncomfortable” before the killings.