No New Trial for Man Convicted of Killing Mollie Tibbetts



No New Trial for Man Convicted of Killing Mollie Tibbetts

An Iowa judge on Monday denied a request for a new trial for the man convicted of killing jogger Mollie Tibbetts in 2018.

At a lengthy hearing last week, Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s attorneys argued for a new trial after two witnesses told authorities they heard another man admit he killed the 20-year-old Tibbetts and that her death was related to sex trafficking, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

Bahena, a 24-year-old farmhand, was convicted in May, but his sentencing was delayed while attorneys argued over the motion to retry him in light of the new witnesses.

But Judge Joel Yates’s order denied the motion, paving the way for sentencing, now set for August 30, the Des Moines Register reported. Bahena faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

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