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Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts’ murder looks to delay court hearing on suppressing confession

POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) – The man charged in the death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts is asking a judge to delay a hearing on whether a confession he made to authorities should be thrown out.

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

Attornies representing Rivera 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 Aug. 20, 2018.

On Wednesday, a motion to continue the hearing was filed by his defense, claiming that more time was needed for the hearing as several new grounds were alleged in a supplemental motion filed on August 8. In addition, court documents claim the defense received a 185-page report from a defense expert just three days ago on August 11, and that additional time will be needed to review the report and possibly securing other witnesses.

Tibbetts went missing July 18, 2018, after going for a jog in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. Her body was found August 21, 2018, in a rural area outside Brooklyn.  Officials say she was stabbed to death.

Rivera’s trial is set for November 12 in Woodbury County District Court. His trial was moved from Poweshiek County after the state and defense said a fair and impartial jury could not be reasonably found there.

Blake Branch

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