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Former Idaho Lt. Gov. Dave Leroy defends police in Idaho student murder mystery

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 12/6/2022 Ryan King
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Former Idaho Lt. Gov. Dave Leroy came to the defense of law enforcement over criticisms from parents in the University of Idaho murders that police were suppressing information, underscoring the complexity of the situation.

Praising law enforcement for not committing the "cardinal sin" of divulging information publicly that could compromise the investigation, Leroy contended officials were likely trying to tread carefully to avoid any major hiccups.

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"I understand that the comments of today were extremely modest, but police have not committed the cardinal sin here," Leroy told Fox News. "They have not said something or done something that compromises the ongoing investigation. I think it's important to pull together and understand how complicated this situation is."

Last month, four victims were killed in their off-campus housing, found stabbed on the second and third floors of their home. Authorities have been tight-lipped about details of the case, not stating whether they have a primary suspect in mind and not divulging other facts, such as whether they have found a murder weapon.

Police also seemingly backtracked earlier this month from previous statements suggesting the victims had been targeted.

Family members have criticized the lack of information offered by investigators. The victims of the Nov. 13 homicides include Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.

"You've got two separate homicide scenes inside the house. It occurred late at night ... when there was no ready set of witnesses around to see it. It was delayed in its reporting some seven hours. And significantly, it happened on a weekend when a lot of people were leaving campus and not coming back for a period for Thanksgiving," Leroy added on the complexity of the matter.

Leroy had previously been inside the house where the crime took place years ago, Fox News's Martha MacCallum explained.

Earlier in the day, police from Moscow, Idaho, appeared to downplay rumors that one of the victims, Goncalves, had a stalker. They noted that she had an encounter at a local business with two men. Authorities later contacted those men and stressed there is no evidence that they were the murderers, per KREM.

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Authorities have been combing through thousands of tips as they continue to investigate the murder.

"This is going to be a combination of old-fashioned detective work and scientific work, and some of that scientific work takes a good deal of time," Leroy added.

 

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