CRISTHIAN Bahena Rivera has been convicted and sentenced for stabbing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts and dumping her body in a field.
The illegal Mexican immigrant was found guilty on May 28, 2021, of first-degree murder.
Why was Cristhian Bahena Rivera arrested?
Cristhian Bahena Rivera guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student.
Tibbetts disappeared while out for a run on the evening of July 18, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa.
Bahena Rivera, who had entered the United States illegally, was arrested about a month later.
Police said they identified him using a security video from a camera outside a Brooklyn house near where Tibbetts was last seen running.
After an 11-hour interrogation, police said Bahena Rivera led them to Tibbetts’ body in a cornfield. She had been stabbed several times, prosecutors said.
Shortly after Bahena Rivera’s arrest, Trump brought up the case after making a wall along the U.S.-
His arrest inflamed anger over illegal immigration. Rivera, from Mexico, entered the US illegally as a teenager, according to authorities.
Rivera, a father of one, was blasted by Donald Trump as a criminal who exploited lax immigration laws and was used as an example by the former president as he pushed for harsher immigration policies ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Defense lawyer Chad Frese said during jury selection that Rivera enjoys the same rights as US citizens and that his lack of English language skills could not be held against him.
The defendant will participate in the trial through a Spanish-speaking interpreter.
Tibbetts was studying to become a child psychologist at the University of Iowa.
When was Rivera found guilty?
Rivera was found guilty of murder for stabbing jogger Mollie Tibbetts to death on May 28, 2021.
Rivera stands accused of killing the jogger with a “sharp object” believed to be a knife – but Special Agent Trent Vileta said the weapon has not been discovered.
A decision was reached just after one day of deliberation. The jury was actively discussing the verdict for 7 hours, 16 minutes, and 15 seconds.
While questioned in a cornfield, Rivera allegedly told Iowa officer Pamela Romero that he followed Tibbetts in his car, got out and started running behind her.
The 26-year-old told cops that Mollie Tibbetts “tried to slap him and was screaming at him,” a cop has testified.
Rivera said that Tibbetts noticed him and tried to use her cell phone to call police.
“He said that Mollie tried to slap him and was screaming at him,” Romero testified. “Mr Rivera said this is when he became angry.”
Blood found in the suspect’s Chevy Malibu trunk “was a first match” for the slain student a forensics expert testified last week.
Tara Scott, a criminalist in the DNA section of Iowa’s crime lab, said she analyzed a swab taken from a blood stain found on the trunk seal after investigators recovered Tibbetts’ body.
“The profile I had from Mollie Tibbetts and the profile from that blood matched,” Scott testified. “They were exactly the same.”
He was sentenced to life without parole.
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