The trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the 24-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing UI student Mollie Tibbetts, will be moved from Poweshiek County to Woodbury County.
Tibbetts was found dead on Aug. 21, 2018, in Poweshiek County after she disappeared while jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn. Bahena Rivera, who has been charged with first-degree murder, reportedly led authorities to the location of her body.
Chad Frese, Bahena Rivera’s lawyer, said in a motion that Bahena Rivera couldn’t have a fair trial in Poweshiek County because of the large amount of publicity surrounding the case and the hundreds of people from the area who volunteered to search for Tibbetts while she was missing. Frese also said in the motion that Bahena Rivera’s citizenship status has caused prejudice in the case.
The trial is still set for Sept. 3.