The New York Times reported Sunday that the Idaho murder suspect was being questioned about a job with the police department, which helped lead to his arrest several months later.
An email exchange obtained by The Times shows that Brian Kohberger had an online meeting with Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins last spring to apply for a “graduate research assistant” position in the department.
The Times reported that the position was created by Washington State University, located in Pullman, to support local police departments.
At the time he applied for the position, Kohberger was starting his first semester at WSU as a Ph.D. Criminology student.
According to The Times, Kohberger wrote in an email to Jenkins on April 12, 2022, “It is a great pleasure meeting you today and sharing my thoughts and excitement about the Public Safety Research Assistantship.”
The chef replied, “It was nice meeting and talking to you,” according to the Times.
The Times reported that interviews for the position were conducted online, adding that work was due to begin in August 2022.
It is unclear whether Kohberger was offered or received the job, but according to the report, he was among four candidates.
The Pullman Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Pullman is a 15-minute drive from Moscow Idaho, where four University of Idaho students — Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Zana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21 — were found dead in their home on Nov. 13.
About a month later, Kohberger was arrested and charged with one count of burglary and four counts of first-degree murder related to his death. He was living with his parents in Pullman at the time of his arrest.
The Pullman Police was one of several departments that assisted Idaho law enforcement officials in arresting Kohberger.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News and CBS News reported that they helped execute search warrants at Kohberger’s apartment and office at the complex.
Kohberger made multiple appearances earlier this month in Latah County District Court in Moscow, Idaho. His trial is expected to begin in June.