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Trial for man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts delayed for third time

DAVENPORT, IOWA – The trial for the man accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has been delayed again because of COVID-19.

Christian Bahena Rivera is accused of stabbing Tibbetts to death in June 2018. The trial date has been rescheduled to May 17 in Davenport, with a pretrial conference set for April 15.

This is the third time the trial has been delayed. Originally set for Feb. 4, the trial was rescheduled in April to Sept. 29 after Bahena Rivera’s lawyers appealed regarding an evidence-suppression motion, claiming Rivera was given an incomplete reading of his Miranda rights.

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