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Hearings set for motions in Mollie Tibbetts murder trial

POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) – A pair of hearings have been set for the man charged in the death Univerity of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts.

Twenty-four-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of the 20-year-old Tibbetts.

His trial is set to begin on September 3 in Poweshiek County.

Rivera’s defense has filed a motion to suppress, claiming authorities didn’t Mirandize Rivera at the beginning of an interview at the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office on August 20.

Rivera’s defense also claims he was never corrected that he had the right to an attorney and never advised Rivera he had to right to decline to consent or decline to cooperate with officers.

A hearing for the motion has been set for 9 a.m. on June 25.

His defense has also a motion to move his trial out of Poweshiek County to a more diverse county where there can be more minority representation in the jury pool.

That hearing is for 9:30 a.m. on March 27.

Rivera is a Mexican national who was in the country illegally. He worked at Yarrabee Farms, located a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.

Tibbetts went missing July 18 after going for a jog in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Her body was found August 21 in a rural area outside Brooklyn.

Blake Branch

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