Idaho murdered: former FBI specialist agent clarifies why the federal agency hasn’t taken on the investigation

Over five weeks have passed after four University of Idaho students were brutally murdered by stabbings within the bedroom of their Moscow, Idaho, rental residence. With no suspects publicly identified many are wondering how that the Federal Bureau of Investigation isn’t taking over the investigation into homicides.

Four University of Idaho students, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves 21, were fatally wounded probably while asleep on the night of Nov. 13, between the hours of 3 a.m. to four a.m. within the Moscow, Idaho, home located on King Road near the college campus according to police.

A former FBI Special Agent Jonathan Gilliam told Fox News Digital that the FBI cannot assert its authority as the principal investigatory agency due to the fact that they have no authority over the investigation.

“The FBI does not necessarily have jurisdiction in this case. That is the state case. And there’s no federal nexis to this case at this point. There’s no evidence that a killer went over state lines. There’s no evidence that any abduction or anything with children was involved. You know, something that would rise to the level of the FBI taking over the case,” Gilliam claimed.

Gilliam claimed Gilliam said that “despite what people believe,” the FBI “can’t just come in and wield their power and take over any state or local investigation.”

For instance, Gilliam said that if there were a serial killer, and the local or state police department was unable to manage the investigation The FBI could take over, with the approval of the Department of Justice.

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If, however, the FBI found evidence that showed that the person who committed the crime had also crossed state lines and crossed state lines, the FBI would be able to take over the case, Gilliam said.

Although the FBI has an office there in Moscow, Idaho, for the investigation into murder, Gilliam says that they’re not infringing on boundaries.

“When the FBI is following the lead of a local police department, and they’re invited, they can’t overstep their boundaries. They can say this and they can say that. But the reality is the FBI does not have jurisdiction,” Gilliam stated.


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