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Jury selection for the lengthy trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the undocumented immigrant charged with the 2018 murder of Mollie Tibbetts at the University of Iowa, has begun.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the illegal alien accused of murdering Mollie Tibbetts, is hoping to hide his criminal record from jurors in the trial that begins May 17. https://t.co/pKMhrJtQoX
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According to ABC subsidiary WOI-DT, the jury’s selection in the murder trial against Mollie Tibbetts is expected to take two days and will be completed on Wednesday.
Opening litigation is expected that day in Davenport, where the trial has been postponed following the pretrial publication of the case in Brooklyn, Iowa.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera Age
Rivera, 24, reportedly told police he followed 20-year-old Tibbetts in his car when she was jogging on July 18. Then he got out and ran alongside her. Then he claims he passed out.
According to a criminal complaint, Rivera confessed to police that he had passed out and that some time later he remembered that Tibbett’s body was in his car.
“The defendant Rivera said he then panicked and got angry and then” blocked “his” memory “, which he does when he is very upset,” the indictment said in the case.
Rivera later told authorities that he dumped the girl’s body in a grain field and covered it with corn stalks. He later led investigators to the 20-year-old’s body after his confession.
An autopsy, which is expected to be presented at the murder trial, revealed that Mollie Tibbetts was killed by “multiple injuries with sharp violence”.
The Des Moines Register reported that Rivera pleaded not guilty of first degree murder.
Bahena Rivera, a Mexican immigrant who authorities claim was illegal in the United States, worked at Yarrabee Farms in rural Poweshiek County for four years, the owners said in 2018.
The murder trial begins after the judge ruled that cameras in the courtroom could record the trial and outcome of the Mollie Tibbetts case.
According to The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Judge Joel Yates said in a ruling Monday that the public and the news media will not be allowed to enter the courtroom when the trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera begins next week.
He also recognized the “intense” public interest in the case as a rationale for allowing remote news cameras.
A number of local outlets will broadcast it live on the internet and on radio stations.
The court is also expected to make the case available to journalists remotely in a zoom feed.
The selection of the jury in the murder trial against Mollie Tibbetts is exempt from the live streaming rule.
While reporters and members of the public are allowed to participate in the selection of the jury, according to the guidelines of the regional court they cannot be broadcast or streamed.
The process could take anywhere from a week to 10 days, the authorities said.
According to CBS subsidiary KCCI, the murder trial comes after numerous delays caused by the pandemic and intense media scrutiny of the Mollie Tibbetts case.
The COVID-19 pandemic then put the process on another pause. In June 2020, Rivera’s attorneys and the state filed a joint motion to further delay the trial that was originally scheduled for September 29 in Woodbury County. However, the location was changed to the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport.