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Cristhian Rivera, Mollie Tibbetts Murder Suspect, Pleads Not Guilty

Cristhian Rivera, Mollie Tibbetts Murder Suspect, Pleads Not Guilty

Cristhian Rivera, 24, accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, looks to his attorney Allan Richards, as he makes his initial appearance at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa, on Aug. 22, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette/Pool via Reuters)

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:48 PM

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the suspect in the abduction and stabbing death of Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Rivera entered his plea Wednesday at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa.

Rivera, a farmhand, is charged in the killing of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a run July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. A medical examiner has said Tibbetts was stabbed to death.

Rivera is a Mexican national who has been accused of being in the country illegally. The 24-year-old worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.

He waived his right to be tried within 90 days. Trial is set for April 16.

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Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the suspect in the abduction and stabbing death of Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
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