Category: Collin Richards

Collin Richards Pleads Guilty to Murder of Celia Barquin Arozamena on Ames Golf Course

NEVADA, Iowa  —  Nine-months after attacking and stabbing a former Iowa State University golfer to death on an Ames golf course, Collin Richards admitted his guilt in court on Friday.

Richards entered a guilty plea to a count of First Degree Murder for the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena.  The former ISU golfer was attacked on Coldwater Golf Links  on September 17th, 2018.  Her body was found on the course by other golfers.

Collin Richards, a 22-year-old homeless man who lived near the course, was arrested nearby.

Earlier this year Richards sent the judge in his case a handwritten note asking to change his plea to guilty.  The judge didn’t accept that plea but urged Richards to meet with his attorneys.  Today at a hearing in Nevada, Richards entered a formal guilty plea.  He ill be sentenced on August 23rd.  He faces a mandatory sentence of life with the possibility of parole.

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds released a statement after today’s hearing reading in part:

“My heart is with Celia’s family today with the hope that this result will bring them some level of comfort … I hope we can take this moment to come together as a community and begin to heal together.”

Barquin Arozamena won a Big 12 Title at ISU.  Iowa State has renamed its women athlete of the year award in her honor.

 

 

 

 

Trial of Man Accused of Killing Iowa State Golfer Moved to Winneshiek County

STORY COUNTY, Iowa — The trial of a man accused of killing an Iowa State University golfer will be moved out of Story County.

In a hearing Monday, a judge in Story County said the trial will be moved to Winneshiek County in Decorah, due to pre-trial publicity.

Collin Richards argued he could not get a fair trial because of too much pre-trial publicity and because of the influence of the university on the area.

Richards is accused of stabbing Celia Barquin Arozamena to death last September at an Ames golf course. He is charged with first degree murder in the case.

In March, Richards wrote a letter to the judge saying he wanted to plead guilty but his lawyers had asked to speak to their client before the judge takes action.

Richards is scheduled to stand trial beginning September 10.

Change of Venue Hearing Monday in Iowa State Golfer’s Murder

STORY COUNTY, Iowa – A hearing is scheduled for Monday on whether the trial of a man accused of killing an Iowa State University golfer will be moved out of Story County.

Collin Richards argues he cannot get a fair trial because of too much pre-trial publicity and because of the influence of the university on the area.

Richards is accused of stabbing Celia Barquin Arozamena to death last September at an Ames golf course. He is charged with first degree murder in the case.

In March, Richards wrote a letter to the judge saying he wanted to plead guilty but his lawyers had asked to speak to their client before the judge takes action.

Richards is scheduled to stand trial beginning September 9th.

Man Accused of Killing Iowa State Golf Standout Wants Trial Moved

STORY COUNTY, Iowa — The man accused of killing an Iowa State golf standout is asking for his trial to be moved out of Story County.

Collin Richards is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Celia Barquin Arozamena last September.

Between pre-trial publicity and Iowa State University being one of the largest employers in the region, Richards’ attorneys say he could not get a fair trial in Story County.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for early next month.