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Cristhian Bahena Rivera testifies from the witness stand, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in the Scott County Courthouse, in Davenport, Iowa. Bahena Rivera is on trial after being charged with first degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018. (Pool Photo/Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register)

Judge denies motion for mistrial in trial over death of Mollie Tibbetts

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor June 5, 2021

The court presiding over the trial for the death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts denied a motion for mistrial filed by the defense for Cristhian Bahena Rivera. Bahena Rivera, 24, was...

Cristhian Bahena Rivera stands as the verdict in the trial for the death of Mollie Tibbetts is read on Friday, May 28, 2021. Bahena Rivera was found guilty of first-degree murder. (Pool Photo/Associated Press)

Rivera trial: Cristhian Bahena Rivera found guilty of first-degree murder, defense to appeal

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 28, 2021

After three years, Cristhian Bahena Rivera was found guilty of first-degree murder on Friday in the abduction and fatal stabbing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who went missing in July...

Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown cross examines Cristhian Bahena Rivera, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in the Scott County Courthouse, in Davenport, Iowa. Bahena Rivera is on trial after being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018. (Pool Photo/Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register)

Rivera trial: Jury enters deliberation to decide verdict

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 27, 2021

The prosecution and defense for Cristhian Bahena Rivera offered countering closing statements on the alleged guilt of the defendant before the jury entered deliberation on Thursday. Bahena Rivera...

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are seen on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Subject in custody after threatening others with a knife at UIHC emergency room

Natalie Dunlap, News Editor May 26, 2021

A person entered the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics emergency room and began threatening others with a knife on Tuesday evening.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety received the report...

Defense attorney Chad Frese hands Dalton Jack, Mollie Tibbetts boyfriend, a phone record to review, while testifing for a second time, during Bahena Rivera's trail, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in the Scott County Courthouse, in Davenport, Iowa. Bahena Rivera is on trial after being charged with first degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018. (Pool Photo/Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register)

Rivera trial: Defense calls first witnesses, Tibbetts’ boyfriend returns to testify

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 26, 2021

The defense for Cristhian Bahena Rivera implored the jury to remember its ability to say “no” as it heard testimonies on behalf of the defense during the seventh day of trial for the death of University...

Cristhian Bahena Rivera testifies from the witness stand, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in the Scott County Courthouse, in Davenport, Iowa. Bahena Rivera is on trial after being charged with first degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018. (Pool Photo/Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register)

Rivera trial: Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s testimony suggests other individuals involved in Mollie Tibbetts’ death

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 26, 2021

Cristhian Bahena Rivera testified Wednesday that his fear for his daughter and ex-girlfriend’s lives stopped him from telling investigators that he was the driver for the men who he claims abducted...

Iowa State Medical Examiner Dr. Dennis Klein answers questions from the witness stand during Cristhian Bahena Rivera's trial, on Monday, May 24, 2021, in the Scott County Courthouse, in Davenport, Iowa. Bahena Rivera is on trial after being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018. (Pool Photo/Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register)

Rivera trial: Prosecution rests its case, defense denied acquittal

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 24, 2021

The defense’s request for acquittal was denied during the trial for Cristhian Bahena Rivera on Monday. Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the disappearance and...

Cristhian Bahena Rivera listens to Poweshiek County Attorney Bart Klaver give his opening statement at his trial at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport, Iowa, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.  Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Rivera trial: Blood found in Bahena Rivera’s car matches DNA of Mollie Tibbetts

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 22, 2021

Mollie Tibbetts’ blood was present in the trunk of the car belonging to Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an expert witness confirmed during testimony on Friday. Graphic photographs and DNA evidence were...

Former Iowa City police officer Pamela Romero testifies as an image of near where the body of Mollie Tibbetts was found is shown on a monitor during the trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tibbetts.  (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Rivera trial: former Iowa City police officer among witnesses, translates interview, admission from defendant

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 20, 2021

Witness testimonies continue in the trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera, accused of first-degree murder in connection to the death of Mollie Tibbetts. State and local law enforcement officials testified...

Cristhian Bahena Rivera listens to Poweshiek County Attorney Bart Klaver give his opening statement at his trial at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport, Iowa, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.  Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Third day of Rivera trial begins with opening statement, witness testimonies

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 19, 2021

The prosecution delivered its opening statements and called six witnesses to take the stand on Wednesday in the trial for Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who is accused of killing University of Iowa student...

Cristhian Bahena Rivera walks into the Poweshiek County courthouse for day two of an evidence suppression hearing at the Poweshiek County Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Montezuma. Bahena Rivera confessed to killing Molly Tibbetts last year but his attorneys filed a motion to suppress the confession because he was not properly read his Miranda warning during initial interviews with police.

Jury selected in Rivera trial, testimonies to begin in the case of the death of Mollie Tibbetts

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 18, 2021

Jury selection for the trial over the death of Mollie Tibbetts is in, ending the two-day selection process and moving the projected 10-day trial toward preliminary statements and witness testimonies. Eight...

Cristhian Bahena Rivera appears for an evidence suppression hearing at the Poweshiek County Courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 in Montezuma. Brian Powers/The Register

‘It’s not going to be pleasant’: Prosecutor warns potential jurors for trial over the death of Mollie Tibbetts

Rachel Schilke, Summer Editor May 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. Check back tomorrow for more updates on the jury selection. The prosecution and the defense of Cristhian Bahena Rivera are in the process of selecting...

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