Cristhian Bahena Rivera is found guilty of the murder of Mollie Tibbetts

Cristhian Bahena Rivera murdered college student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018 in Iowa. The jury found the 24-year-old Mexican guilty in a tria...

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  • Cristhian Bahena Rivera murdered college student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018 in Iowa.
  • The jury found the 24-year-old Mexican guilty in a trial that began on May 19.
  • Tibbetts disappeared on July 18, 2018 when she was running through rural Brooklyn, Iowa.

The case of the murdered young university student in Iowa that was used by Republicans to criticize immigration laws in the United States came to an end, when the young Mexican Cristhian Bahena Rivera was found guilty of the murder of Mollie Tibbetts.

The undocumented Mexican was convicted of the first-degree murder of college student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018. The 24-year-old Mexican was found guilty by a jury in Iowa in a trial that began on May 19. WATCH VIDEO HERE

Cristhian Bahena Rivera: Warnings about the trial

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The trial was held in Scott County Courthouse, in downtown Davenport, under the judge’s warning that the controversy and accusations of racism generated three years ago should be avoided. The jury deliberated for about seven hours and over two days before delivering its guilty verdict against Bahena, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. The trial lasted less than two weeks, EFE reported.

Tibbetts disappeared on July 18, 2018 when she was running through a rural area of ​​Brooklyn, Iowa, and according to the prosecution she was followed by Bahena in her car. Apparently, the rural worker stabbed her to death because the girl threatened to call the police, and then hid the body in a corn field. WATCH VIDEO HERE

Cristhian Bahena Rivera: He said he lost his memory

Cristian Bahena Rivera is found guilty of the murder of the student Mollie Tibbetts
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Bahena drove the police to the scene and confessed to the crime on August 20, 2018. In addition, DNA from the victim was found in the trunk of her car. However, he later told investigators that he lost his memory and did not remember how he had killed Tibbetts and while testifying during the trial, he claimed that two mysterious men were responsible for the crime and forced him to dispose of the body.

His lawyer, Jennifer Frese, even affirmed that the confession was obtained under duress during an interrogation that lasted 11 hours. The judge in the case established that the conviction will be released at 9:30 am on July 15 in Montezuma, Iowa.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera: They will appeal the verdict

Cristian Bahena Rivera is found guilty of the murder of the student Mollie Tibbetts
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Defense attorneys have indicated that they will appeal the jury’s verdict, while prosecutor Scott Brown stated that the Tibbetts family was “relieved and satisfied with the decision.” This crime fueled rhetoric against undocumented immigrants in the country and there were threats against the Hispanic community in Iowa.

Then-President Donald Trump and numerous Republican politicians described the country’s immigration laws as “disgraceful” at the time, and the Governor of Iowa, Republican Kim Reynolds, criticized the immigration system that allowed a “predator” like the Mexican to have lived in your region.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera: The jury

Cristian Bahena Rivera is found guilty of the murder of the student Mollie Tibbetts
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As reported by The Associated Press, the 12 jurors unanimously found 26-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera guilty of first degree murder for the stabbing death of Mollie Tibbets, who is remembered as a friendly 20-year-old who was studying child psychology.

Bahena Rivera, who came to the United States from Mexico illegally as a teenager, will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Joel Yates ordered that Bahena Rivera, who has been detained since his arrest in August 2018, remain detained without the possibility of bail pending a hearing to deliver his sentence on July 15.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera: A case that generated public outrage

Cristian Bahena Rivera is found guilty of the murder of the student Mollie Tibbetts
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The verdict came after a two-week trial in Scott County Courthouse in Davenport in a case that sparked public outrage against illegal immigration and concerns about violence against women. The jury, made up of nine white members and three of Hispanic or Latino descent, deliberated for seven hours on Thursday and Friday.

Tibbetts, who ran the track and cross country in high school, never returned from routine training in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, on the afternoon of July 18, 2018. She was reported missing the next day, when she was not known. presented at the daycare where he worked during the summer.

The case that shocked a community

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His disappearance in the town of 1,700 people was immediately deemed suspicious and local, state and federal agencies joined hundreds of volunteers in a highly publicized search. Investigators say they solved the case almost a month later.

Investigators obtained a security video of a local home showing, for a fraction of a second, a figure that appears to be Tibbetts running in the distance. The video shows a black Chevrolet Malibu with chrome mirrors and handles passing 20 seconds later, and back and forth several times in the next 20 minutes.

Homicide suspect blames masked men

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On Wednesday, Christian Bahena Rivera, tried for the 2018 kidnapping and murder of a University of Iowa student, claimed for the first time that two masked men were responsible for the crime, but that they forced him to participate at gunpoint.

In a surprise twist, the defense called Cristhian Bahena Rivera as a witness in his first degree murder trial. He admitted that his black car is the one seen on surveillance video hovering around Mollie Tibbetts as she jogged in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, 2018.

Give a different story of the facts

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He also acknowledged that she ended up in the trunk of his car, hid her body in a cornfield and told investigators where to find her a month later. But the defendant presented an account of what happened very different from that of the prosecutors, denying that it was responsable of the stab wounds to the head, neck and chest that killed Tibbetts.

Bahena Rivera, an immigrant worker, said two gunmen wearing black and with their faces covered showed up at his trailer after he finished showering that night. The men instructed her to get in her car and drive, and that they passed Tibbetts several times as she ran before they instructed her to stop, she said.

They try to raise suspicions of their guilt

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Bahena Rivera, 26, said a man with a knife got out of the car and walked along the rural highway. The man walked away for about ten minutes while the second man, sitting in the back seat of the car, got nervous and said, “Come on, Jack,” he said.

The defendant said he was unaware of the men’s identities, but his lawyers have tried to raise suspicions about Tibbetts’ boyfriend, Dalton Jack, who has admitted to having an affair with another woman and anger issues in the past. Police said they ruled out Jack as a suspect after establishing that he was out of town for work that day.

He claims he was threatened

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Bahena Rivera stated that the men loaded something in his trunk, told him to drive several kilometers to a rural area, turn off the car, wait a few minutes, and leave. They said they knew his ex-girlfriend and young daughter, and would hurt them if he ever told anyone what happened, he said.

Bahena Rivera pointed out that the men left on foot along the road and did not see them again. He said he opened the trunk a few minutes later and found Tibbetts’ body, and that it was heavy when he took it to the cornfield. She added that she covered her body with corn stalks because “I didn’t want her to be too exposed to the sun,” and that she then left and didn’t plan to talk about what had happened again.

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