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Trial for man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts delayed until 2021


POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- The First Degree Murder trial of the man accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has been pushed back until 2021.

The murder trial for Cristhian Bahena Rivera is also being moved from Poweshiek County to Scott County. On Friday, Judge Joel Yates agreed to a defense motion to move Rivera’s trial. The trial is now scheduled to begin on January 25th, 2021 in Davenport.

Bahena Rivera is accused of killing Tibbetts as she jogged on a rural road in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18th, 2018. Rivera later lead police to her body in a rural Poweshiek County corn field on August 21st, 2018.

A judge has already ruled parts of Bahena Rivera’s interviews with police are not admissible in court. The court found Bahena Rivera was not properly read his Miranda rights.

The trial had previously been moved to Woodbury County and scheduled to begin on September 3rd, 2019. However, it has been delayed repeatedly by motions from both sides.

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