MOLLIE TIBBETTS: Iowa v Cristhian Bahena Rivera for murder of jogger



A first-degree murder charge was filed on Tuesday against a young man in the case of missing Iowa jogger Mollie Tibbetts, state officials said Tuesday.

The suspect, 24-year-old Cristhian Rivera, is an undocumented immigrant who lives in the rural area where the college student vanished one month ago, according to Rick Rahn of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

 

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Attorneys, prosecutors ask for 2021 trial for suspect in Mollie Tibbetts slaying, citing COVID-19 concerns

The trial for a man accused in the 2018 killing of a University of Iowa student as she jogged near her hometown likely won't start until next year.

A joint motion filed Monday by prosecutors and defense attorneys for Cristhian Bahena Rivera — the 26-year-old man charged in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts — asks the court to push back the trial because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Scott Brown, an assistant attorney general who is helping the Poweshiek County Attorney's Office prosecute the case, wrote that a backlog of cases as well as "the numerous hurdles that will be created by the COVID-19 restrictions" make a January 2021 trial date more attractive. Bahena Rivera has waived his right to a speedy trial so those still reserving that right should go first, the motion states.
 

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Trial for man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts relocated again, scheduled for 2021

An Iowa judge has pushed back and relocated the trial for a man accused of abducting and killing a 20-year-old college student as she jogged in her hometown.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera will now face his first-degree murder charge in January 2021 at the Scott County Courthouse instead of in Woodbury County, as previously ordered. Bahena Rivera, a farmhand, is accused in 2018 stabbing death of Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys last month asked Judge Joel D. Yates, of Iowa's Eighth Judicial District, to move the trial from September to 2021. Yates on Friday granted the joint motion, scheduling the trial for Jan. 25, 2021 in Davenport.
 

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Trial for man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts relocated again, scheduled for 2021

An Iowa judge has pushed back and relocated the trial for a man accused of abducting and killing a 20-year-old college student as she jogged in her hometown.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera will now face his first-degree murder charge in January 2021 at the Scott County Courthouse instead of in Woodbury County, as previously ordered. Bahena Rivera, a farmhand, is accused in 2018 stabbing death of Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys last month asked Judge Joel D. Yates, of Iowa's Eighth Judicial District, to move the trial from September to 2021. Yates on Friday granted the joint motion, scheduling the trial for Jan. 25, 2021 in Davenport.
So we have a change of venue and her family will be getting into three years of the terrible process on top of her death... I guess the prosecution almost has to agree... Call me a cynic but ya have to make sure the defendant has every chance or the victim's family will have years of appeals... Which they likely may have anyhow... Our system is broken... Imo. And they all had better get things back on track Covid or no because the calendars are all far enough behind imo...

Jmo. Omo.
 

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Money raised by 4th grade students in Tibbetts’ honor donated to children’s hospital

Money raised by a group of fourth-grade students in Iowa has been formally donated to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, two years after the body of Mollie Tibbetts was found.

The kids raised $2,028.47, which family members of Tibbetts’ presented to the children’s hospital on Friday.

The family members present called the experience giving the money to the hospital as “bringing a sliver of hope” into their lives.
 

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Jury trials postponed until February 2021​


Due to the rise of COVID-19, jury trials in Iowa have been paused.

That order by the Iowa Supreme Court, issued Tuesday, includes the trial of two men charged for a 2018 shootout with police in Ottumwa that was set to begin next week.

Jury trials mean lots of people showing up to courthouses across the state for the laborious process of jury selections, particularly in high-profile trials where jury pools can consist of more than 100 people.

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen said the risk is simply too high given current COVID-19 spread across the state.


Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the man charged in the August 2018 murder of Mollie Tibbetts, was slated to go to trial in January, as well, and will be postponed. Bahena Rivera was charged with first-degree murder in Poweshiek County, but the trial has been moved to Scott County. The disappearance, and ultimate discovery of Tibbetts’ body, made national headlines.
 

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Jury trials postponed until February 2021​


Due to the rise of COVID-19, jury trials in Iowa have been paused.

That order by the Iowa Supreme Court, issued Tuesday, includes the trial of two men charged for a 2018 shootout with police in Ottumwa that was set to begin next week.

Jury trials mean lots of people showing up to courthouses across the state for the laborious process of jury selections, particularly in high-profile trials where jury pools can consist of more than 100 people.

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen said the risk is simply too high given current COVID-19 spread across the state.


Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the man charged in the August 2018 murder of Mollie Tibbetts, was slated to go to trial in January, as well, and will be postponed. Bahena Rivera was charged with first-degree murder in Poweshiek County, but the trial has been moved to Scott County. The disappearance, and ultimate discovery of Tibbetts’ body, made national headlines.
I don't like this. Justice is already too slow for victims. We had a sentencing with Covid restrictions and I really don't like the lack of everyone in the room seeing everyone in person but IF Covid is going to be a continued concern, which it clearly is, in the meantime, they need to do something about this so the wheels of justice keep turning, they were snail paced before Covid. That is not to mention the absolute backlog and years it will take once things change or if we ever go back to normal with a vaccine or something.

Perhaps they are going to need to test and sequester juror member options of the pool until people are picked and then test and sequester the jury, I don't know the answer but there are too many delays happening and enough already occurred before Covid imo.

On the other hand, Mollie was killed in 2018 and three years was not uncommon before Covid. However, that is horrible on victim's families as it is and it just points out how bad it already was...
 

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I don't like this. Justice is already too slow for victims. We had a sentencing with Covid restrictions and I really don't like the lack of everyone in the room seeing everyone in person but IF Covid is going to be a continued concern, which it clearly is, in the meantime, they need to do something about this so the wheels of justice keep turning, they were snail paced before Covid. That is not to mention the absolute backlog and years it will take once things change or if we ever go back to normal with a vaccine or something.

Perhaps they are going to need to test and sequester juror member options of the pool until people are picked and then test and sequester the jury, I don't know the answer but there are too many delays happening and enough already occurred before Covid imo.

On the other hand, Mollie was killed in 2018 and three years was not uncommon before Covid. However, that is horrible on victim's families as it is and it just points out how bad it already was...
And once things get rolling again, the backlog is going to be atrocious.
 

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