According to the Associated Press, two witnesses recently appeared in court independently. Both of them partly supported Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s testimony that Mollie Tibbetts was forced to stabbing ).
Bahla Rivera claimed that two masked men were responsible for the killing of Tibbets, and used guns at him to drive them away and dispose of her body.
Witnesses told investigators that a man with a history of violence claimed responsibility for the killing of Tibbets.
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After defense lawyers said they needed time to investigate new information pointing to other potential suspects, a judge on Wednesday postponed the sentence of the man convicted of killing the University of Iowa student Molly Tibbetts.
Bahena Rivera, 27, was originally scheduled to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole in the Poweshiek County Court in Montezuma on Thursday.
Judge Joel Yates ruled on Wednesday that the sentence will be postponed until he holds a hearing on the defense’s request that the prosecutor release information about other suspects and order a retrial.
Yates said that he will hold the first hearing on Thursday and will then determine the date of the hearing to decide whether to approve the new trial.
Lynn Hicks, spokesperson for the State Attorney General’s Office, said on Tuesday that prosecutors remain confident in Bahna Rivera’s crimes. As of Wednesday, they have not submitted any documents for new developments.
In July 2018, 20-year-old Tibbetts disappeared while running in his hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, and a jury in May found Bachner Rivera guilty of first-degree murder.
The prosecutor established this based on surveillance video (showing Bahena Rivera driving near where Tibbetts disappeared while jogging), DNA evidence showing that her blood was found in the trunk of his car, and some confessions that Bahena Rivera led investigators to remote cornfield In their case, her body was found there a month after she disappeared.
According to Bahena Rivera’s lawyer, one of the witnesses said that when they were in the county jail, the man told him that Tibbets was kidnapped and taken to a local hospital before being killed. A “trap house” for sex trade.
The man told the witness that the owner of the house was a 50-year-old man who ran a human trafficking gang. He decided to kill Tibbets after the publicity of Tibbett’s disappearance became too great. The man allegedly stated that he and a colleague executed a plan designed by a 50-year-old man, stabbed Tibbets and framed a Hispanic man to death.
Freses said they learned of a criminal investigation on Tuesday that focused on a 50-year-old man who allegedly met one of his sex trafficking victims, Brooke, at a gas station in Brooklyn in May 2018. Lin has 1,700 people and is about 50 miles away. West of Iowa City (80 kilometers).
The woman told investigators that the man lured her to a house in the nearby town of New Sharon, where she was repeatedly drugged, raped and forcibly detained until August 2018. The woman said that she sometimes heard other women’s voices at home.
After several days of interviews with her in March 2019, law enforcement officers used the information to obtain a search warrant to search her home, but the warrant was vacated by the 50-year-old man. They did not charge him with any crime, and the Sheriff of Mahaska County recently stated that the allegations of kidnapping and sex trafficking have never been confirmed.
Despite this, the defense lawyer stated in a motion that prosecutors should provide Bahna Rivera with details of the investigation of innocence in accordance with their duties. They said the potential existence of the local “trap house” corroborated the new witness’s statement.
They asked Yates to order the state to release information about previous sex trafficking investigations in the area, including any investigations involving 21- and 50-year-olds. They pointed out that several other young people in the area had disappeared in recent years, calling this “very disturbing.”
In court documents, the Friess pointed out that the 50-year-old man was under scrutiny while investigating the disappearance of an 11-year-old boy, Xavior Harrelson.
On May 28, during the closing submissions of the Bahena Rivera trial, Xavior disappeared from his trailer park in Montezuma.
The defense pointed out that the 50-year-old man was the former cohabiting boyfriend of Xavior’s mother and the two maintained a friendly relationship. Investigators searching for Xavior began searching for the man almost immediately and arrested him with an unrelated pending arrest warrant in another county the day after the boy was reported missing. He has not been charged with any crimes related to the disappearance.