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Mexican Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Iowa College Student Mollie Tibbetts

Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a run July 18

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    Mollie Tibbetts Slaying Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

    The farmhand charged in the abduction and stabbing death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Bob Redell reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018)

    The farmhand charged in the abduction and stabbing death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

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

    Rivera is charged in the killing of Tibbetts, a 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.

    Suspect Charged With Murder of Iowa College Student

    [NATL] Suspect Charged With Murder of Iowa College Student

    A man was arrested and charged with the murder of college student Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was discovered in rural Iowa.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018)

    Investigators say Rivera, a native of Mexico who came to the U.S. during his teenage years, was in the U.S. illegally and is subject to deportation proceedings. The 24-year-old worked under a false identity, John Budd, 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.