MONTEZUMA, Iowa — The trial for the man accused of killing 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts will not happen in February, a state courts official has confirmed to Local 5.
25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with Murder in the First Degree in Tibbetts’ death, with investigators saying he led them to her body in August 2018.
“The [Cristhian Bahena Rivera] trial scheduled to begin February 4 in the Woodbury County Courthouse will not take place in February,” Steve Davis with the Iowa Judicial Branch said in a statement.
“The District Court hereby stays these proceedings until such time as the Iowa Supreme Court resolves the Defendant’s Application for Discretionary Review of Interlocutory Order,” Judge Joel Yates wrote in a ruling last week.
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