Mollie Tibbetts trial live – Shocking 'graphic evidence' to be shown at Cristhian Bahena Rivera murder trial

SHOCKING graphic evidence will be shown during the trial of a Mexican national charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts, prosecutors warned.

Opening statements are set to begin on Wednesday in the trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who allegedly viciously murdered Tibbetts, 20, and dumped her body in a field.

Rivera, a Mexican national who came illegally to the US as a teenager, is charged with first-degree murder for the 2018 slaying of the 20-year-old University of Iowa student.

The 26-year-old will participate in the trial through a Spanish-speaking interpreter. 

Rivera’s arrest inflamed anger over illegal immigration, with then- President Donald Trump calling Rivera a killer who exploited lax immigration laws and Iowa’s governor calling him a predator.

The case deepened anxieties about random violence against women, since Tibbetts was attacked while out for exercise in her small town of Brooklyn, Iowa.

She never made it back to the house where she was dog sitting for her boyfriend and his brother. 

The 20-year-old was studying to become a child psychologist. 

  • Jocelyn Cook

    ATTORNEY GENERAL TELLS JURORS THEY WILL BE ON A CASE FOR THE 'VIOLENT DEATH' OF MOLLIE TIBBETTS

    During jury selection for the Mollie Tibbetts trial, assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown told jurors "We are going to talk about the death – the violent death – of a young girl."

    He warned that some of the evidence would be "unpleasant" for jurors to hear and see.

    Cristhian Bahena Rivera admitted to abducting Tibbetts while she was out jogging and killing her while he was blacked out.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HAS JURY SELECTION BEGUN IN THE MOLLIE TIBBETTS TRIAL?

    Jury selection in the Mollie Tibbetts trial came to a close on Tuesday and opening statements are set for Wednesday.

    Prosecutors warned potential jurors about the graphic evidence that will be shown during the trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera.

    Rivera is accused of stabbing Tibbetts to death in July 2018 while she was out running in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHEN IS THE MOLLIE TIBBETTS TRIAL STARTING?

    The Mollie Tibbetts trial begins Wednesday.

    Opening statements are set to begin and jury selection took place on Monday.

    Cristhian Bahena Rivera stands accused of murdering Tibbetts, 20, and dumping her body in a field.

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