POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — The first-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts has been pushed back again.
Cristhian Rivera’s jury trial is now set to begin Nov. 12 in Woodbury County. He asked for more time to prepare for a suppression hearing, which is now set to be held Aug, 23 in Montezuma.
Rivera’s attorneys want the judge to dismiss evidence, including the discovery of Tibbetts’ blood, found during a search of his car because he claims police didn’t read him his Miranda rights.
POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — The man accused of murdering Mollie Tibbetts is now asking for more time to prepare for a suppression hearing.
Lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera want a judge to dismiss evidence found during a search of his car because he claims police did not read him his Miranda rights. Police say they found Mollie’s blood during that search.
Tibbetts disappeared during a jog in her hometown of Brooklyn on July 18, 2018. Her body was found more than a month later hidden in a cornfield.
Rivera’s lawyers also say they’re waiting for evidence to be turned over to them obtained by police in May after they received a search warrant for Rivera’s Google account and any location information for July of 2018.
A judge has yet to rule on this latest filing.
Rivera’s trial is scheduled for September in Woodbury County.
Rivera’s attorney said the consent he gave officers to search his car was invalid because they didn’t read him his Miranda rights. Therefore, they say the blood found on his car should not be allowed as evidence.
Prosecutors say the Miranda rights was read to Rivera once he was arrested and that all interviews prior to that were voluntary. The state says Rivera was told how to get out of the building and that at any moment he wished, he could get up and was free to go.
Rivera is charged with first-degree murder, with a trial scheduled to begin September 3 in Woodbury County.
BROOKLYN, Iowa – Iowans are remembering Mollie Tibbetts by giving back to her community on what would have been the young woman’s 21st birthday.
Tibbetts was murdered after disappearing while on a run in Brooklyn in July of 2018. Cristhian Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in her death.
The group Mollie’s Movement is collecting donations to help restore the Brooklyn Opera House.
The group brings awareness to missing person cases across the country.
Founder of Mollie’s Movement Joy Vanlandschoot said Tibbetts loved the theatre and arts growing up. Many of her family members volunteered their time at the opera house before it closed.
“We wanted to do something special to honor her and her family. There will be…people can donate $21 to the opera house which will help restore a building in need of it,” Vanlandschoot said.
Mollie’s Movement is partnering with the nonprofit Brooklyn Community Development to help restore the building.
People can donate $21 online or at the A Birthday Wish for Mollie Tibbetts event on Wednesday.
Brooklyn Community Development member Laura Manatt said the building closed in 1998 due to a caved floor and termites.
“Mollie’s dad has been really instrumental in terms of the design and the artwork and wants to portray her showing her personality and her love of life. I think one word he described as he wanted it to be was silly. Because she’s a silly girl. He wanted it to reflect her fun and charismatic attitude,” Manatt said.
Vanlandschoot said people can also donate to the Children’s Hospital at the University of Iowa Hospital on Wednesday when they eat at some restaurants in Iowa City. The restaurants will give 10 percent of the proceeds to the hospital.
Vanlandschoot said Mollie’s birthday is sparking joy and kindness not only in Iowa but around the country.
“For instance around her birthday you will see a lot of acts of kindness happening around the nation. We received a grant to give out 30 thousand kindness cards across the nation. There is also free downloads online. That spreads Mollie’s kindness and our own kindness,” Vanlandschoot said.
People are encouraged to do 21 acts of kindness in honor of Tibbetts’ birthday.
“Her mom likes to tell the story about how there was a homeless woman that one of them came across and gave a kindness card to and she said she knew Mollie. Mollie would stop and talk to her. It shows us that this is something Mollie would have done,” Vanlandschoot said.
There will be an unveiling of artwork at the event in Tibbetts’ honor. The art will hang in the restored opera house.
Mollie Tibbetts would have turned 21 on Wednesday, May 8th.