Death in Attorney’s Family Prompts Delay in Hearing for Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts’ Murder

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POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — A hearing has been continued on a motion to suppress a portion of Cristhian Rivera’s interview with police – in which he is alleged to have confessed to killing Mollie Tibbetts.

The Poweshiek County Clerk of Court’s Office confirmed the hearing, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday and run through Thursday, has been continued. The reason for the delay is because of a death in the family of one of the attorneys in the case. A rescheduled date for the hearing has not yet been set.

Investigators say Rivera confessed to murdering the 20-year-old University of Iowa in July of 2018 after she disappeared while on a run around her hometown of Brooklyn. Rivera led authorities to Tibbetts’ body, which was concealed in a cornfield, just over a month after she disappeared.

Rivera’s attorneys claim he was not properly read his Miranda rights and prosecutors do agree that the interrogating officer did not state that whatever he said would be used against him in court.

Prosecutors say Rivera was again given his Miranda rights fully once Tibbetts’ body was located and that all statements from that point forward will be admissible.

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