Defense rests after the defendant in Mollie Tibbetts' murder trial reverses his confession on the stand


The defense for Cristhian Bahena Rivera rested Wednesday after he reversed his confession to killing Iowa pupil Mollie Tibbetts.

Bahena Rivera, 26, faces first-degree homicide charges for the murder of Tibbetts, 20, who was discovered useless almost three years ago after occurring a run. He has pleaded no longer responsible.

The trial is expected to resume for the remaining arguments Thursday.

Bahena Rivera at the start confessed to law enforcement that he killed Tibbetts in a violent rage after coming near her on a run. Tibbetts' blood became later determined in Bahena Rivera's automobile.

But while he defined the night of July 18, 2019, through an interpreter on the stand, Bahena Rivera instructed a completely exceptional story. He claimed to had been getting showered whilst unknown men broke into his trailer and demanded his help. One had a knife and the alternative had a gun, he stated.

He testified that they forced themselves into his black Chevy Malibu and informed him to force toward city. That become while he said they got here throughout a young lady he now knows to be Tibbetts.

Bahena Rivera testified that he was advised to forestall, even as the man with the knife exited the car. When the guys left, he stated he observed Tibbetts' body in the trunk of the car.

Prosecutors requested why the men sought his assistance, to which Bahena Rivera stated he failed to realize. They requested why he confessed in preference to telling police two different guys made him do it, and he stated he became scared for his daughter and ex-girlfriend and that his idea of telling investigators what they wanted to pay attention could help him.

"You stabbed Mollie Tibbetts, isn't that proper?" Prosecutor Scott Brown said.

The prosecution said that it changed into Bahena Rivera who observed Tibbetts, stabbed her to dying, positioned her in the trunk of his vehicle, and concealed her body.

"When you positioned this evidence collectively, there can be no different conclusion than that the defendant killed Mollie Tibbetts," Poweshiek County Attorney Bart Klaver said at the start of the trial.

In establishing statements, the prosecution's case relied on Bahena Rivera's precise car accessories and his admissions to investigators, an awful lot of which became previously blanketed in an arrest affidavit.