Trial venue for Collin Richards moved to Decorah

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The man accused of murdering Celia Barquin Arozamena has had his trial moved to northeast Iowa. 

22-year-old Collin Richards was granted a change of venue Monday after his defense team argued in court filings that he “cannot get a fair trial” due to extensive media coverage and the heavy employment Iowa State University provides within Story County.

Richards is accused of stabbing 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena to death in September 2018 at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. 

Arozamena was found in a nearby pond on September 17, 2018 with several stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck. Later that day, police were approached by Richards, who appeared to have several fresh scratches to his face and a deep laceration on his left hand.

In a letter written filed to the court in March, Richards said he wanted to plead guilty to “take care” of his case. A Story County judge ordered Richards meet with his attorney to discuss the letter. 

Richards will go to trial in Winneshiek County starting September 10. 

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