Witnesses return to stand in trial of man accused of killing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in 2018
UPDATED 8:41 AM PT – Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Witnesses have continued to testify in the trial of the man accused of killing 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. Testimonies on Monday included an FBI agent and detective who spoke about the murder confession of 20-year old Cristhian Bahena Rivera.
Tibbetts vanished while out for a run back in 2018 and Rivera admitted to killing her and hiding her body in a cornfield. The witnesses spoke about Tibbetts lifestyle and character describing her as “low-risk.”
“A lot of our victims…there’s drugs and alcohol…there’s abusive relationships…there’s different factors that would push that person into a higher-risk of becoming a victim,” explained Trent Vileta, Detective for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations. “Mollie Tibbitts didn’t have any of the those…Mollie Tibbitts probably had the nicest text messages we have ever read.”
THE KILLING OF MOLLIE TIBBETTS: “We had a hard time finding something negative about #MollieTibbetts.”
Agent Trent Vileta said Tibbetts was an unlikely victim because of her background.
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Prosecutors have rested their case following four days of witness testimony. Meanwhile, the defense is set to take its turn Tuesday. Rivera faces life in prison if convicted for the murder.