POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa – Nearly three years after Mollie Tibbetts was murdered, the trial of the man accused of killing her will finally begin next week.
Cristhian Rivera has his final pre-trial hearing in the case Thursday morning. His jury trial begins on Monday in Davenport.
Rivera is charged with first-degree murder after investigators say he killed Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student. She disappeared in July of 2018 while on a jog in her hometown of Brooklyn. Her body was found around a month later in a cornfield near Guernsey after investigators said Rivera led them to it.
The trial is being held in Davenport because of pre-trial publicity. Jury selection is expected to take two days.
Rivera’s trial will be aired on Court TV and streamed online.