The father of one Idaho student murder victim seems to have recently called for the killer to face the death penalty, the Washington Examiner reports.
Steve Goncalves, the father of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, did so during an interview on the Fox News channel. This occurred after the recent court appearance of 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger, the chief suspect in the case.
During the interview with Fox, Goncalves hinted at the death penalty by saying that he wants things to get to the point where Kohberger "realizes that he’s not going to be on the planet that long.”
“I want this guy to be sick of seeing me – sick of hearing the cases,” Goncalves said. “And, I want this case to get stronger and stronger, to the point where he just realizes that he’s not going to be on the planet that long.”
Goncalves continued may suggesting that he is going to do everything he can to make life uncomfortable for the accused.
I can make this man feel like he picked the very worst family to do that to. And every time he turns on the TV, he sees us. And every time he thinks something positive is happening in his case, he sees one of us communicating, and he realizes he has zero hope.
“That’s what I hope, and that’s what I can do,” he concluded.
Kohberger stands accused of killing University of Idaho students Goncalves, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, on Nov. 13.
At the scene of the crime, investigators found a knife shife with Kohberger's DNA on it, and this appears to be the critical evidence that allowed the police to link Kohberger to the murders. It is not, however, the only piece of evidence.
As the court process continues, we are learning more and more about the evidence that the prosecution has against Kohberger - a Ph. D student in criminology at the University of Washington – located a short distance from where the murders took place. Kohberger was also linked to the crime by his white Hyundai Elantra and his cell phone, which were in the area at the time of the murders.
Kohberger was arrested at his parent's house in Pennsylvania, which is where he drove with his father after the close of the school semester in December. He has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary. A motive remains unclear.
Kohberger says that he expects to be "exonerated."
Although Goncalves appears to want the death penalty, it is unclear whether the prosecution will seek it.
The attorney for the Goncalves family put out a statement on the matter, saying:
I think it’s … [a] decision that will be made by all the families on whether or not the death penalty is something that the state pursues on this case. I don’t think it’s just a decision for the Goncalves family.