Rob Tibbetts, the father of the murdered Iowa College student, Mollie Tibbetts, came out and strongly condemned anyone who would point to the fact that the 24 -year-old male who confessed and was then charged with the brutal murder of his daughter is in this country illegally. Will Rivera’s “not guilty” plea and his refusal to accept a speedy trial, change his mind?
On August 21, 2018, an illegal alien, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Iowa College student, Mollie Tibbetts.
Tibbetts July 18 disappearance set off a massive search involving state and federal authorities.
Rivera led investigators early Tuesday to a body believed to be Tibbetts in a cornfield about 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen running, Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said.
“I can’t speak about the motive. I can just tell you that it seemed that he followed her, seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day, for whatever reason he chose to abduct her,” Rahn told reporters at a news conference outside the sheriff’s office in Montezuma, where Rivera was being jailed.
The news that the highly publicized and gruesome crime was allegedly committed by a person in the country illegally drew immediate outrage. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said: “As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry.”
“We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can to bring justice to Mollie’s killer,” she said in a statement.
Investigators said they zeroed in on Rivera after obtaining footage from surveillance cameras in Brooklyn. The footage showed a Chevy Malibu connected to Rivera that was driving back and forth as Tibbetts was running in the area, Rahn said.
An affidavit attached to the criminal complaint against Rivera alleged that he admitted to investigators he got out of his car and started running alongside Tibbetts.
Tibbetts grabbed her phone and said she was going to call the police. The affidavit says Rivera panicked and then said he blacked out. Rivera next remembers seeing her earphones on his lap, and taking her bloody body out of the trunk of his car, it said.
“The defendant further described during the interview that he dragged Tibbetts on foot from his vehicle to a secluded location in a cornfield,” the affidavit said.
Investigators said they had earlier searched the area for Tibbetts but didn’t find her, noting the body was covered by corn stalks when recovered early Tuesday.
Rahn said that Rivera was cooperating with investigators and speaking with the help of a translator. He said an autopsy would be performed on the body Wednesday by the state medical examiner’s office, which would assist investigators in understanding whether Tibbetts had been assaulted or tried to fight him off.-GVWire
It’s bad enough that an innocent 20-year-old college student with her whole life ahead of her, was taken away in such a brutal manner, but after Christhian Rivera an illegal alien confessed to the murder of Mollie Tibbitts, American taxpayers are now on the hook to pay for his defense, including a taxpayer-funded translator.
Meanwhile, Americans are begging lawmakers to join President Trump in his efforts to prevent future events like this one and the Kate Steinle murder by an illegal alien living in a sanctuary city by funding the wall!
During their investigation, law enforcement discovered that Rivera lied to his employer about who he was, using fake documents that didn’t belong to him to obtain a job on the dairy farm where he worked for the last 4 years.
Today, through a taxpayer-funded translator and a taxpayer-funded legal defense team, Christhian Rivera stunned everyone when he pleaded “not guilty” to first-degree murder and waived his right to a speedy trial.