The ex-farmer convicted of murdering University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbets will not face sentencing this week, a judge ruled Wednesday — defense lawyers accuse prosecutors of a nearby sex trafficking “trap house” and other potential suspects. Accused of withdrawing evidence about
Cristian Bahena Rivera was expected to be sentenced to prison on Thursday after pleading guilty in May to murdering Tibet in the summer of 2018 and dumping his body in a corn field.
Instead, Judge Joel Yates agreed to delay the sentencing until he was able to schedule a hearing on a motion for a new trial after defense attorneys accused prosecutors of sex trafficking. Accused of failing to disclose the investigation, where the 20-year-old went missing. To ABC News.
The network reported that the shocking turn of events came a week after defense lawyers called for a new trial, with witnesses independently telling police that a man had raped and murdered a college student, and Bahena Rivera. Bragged about trapping.
A 27-year-old Mexican national, Bahena Rivera, who worked as a farmhand, testified that she was abducted by two masked men who forced her to be an accomplice to their murder.
Reportedly, the judge’s scheduling reversal came after defense attorneys filed documents alleging that prosecutors did not disclose that police were investigating a sex trafficking “trap house” in New Sharon, Iowa, where About 27 miles away from Tibet had disappeared.
The article said the 50-year-old suspect in that case once lived with the mother of 11-year-old Xavier Harrelson, who disappeared from a trailer park the day before Bahena Rivera was found guilty.
Defense lawyers also reportedly found that at least 10 other children were recently reported missing in the county where Tibet’s body was dumped.
Last week, defense lawyers told the judge that two new witnesses came to police in May and spoke independently of a man who claimed he and a 50-year-old sex trafficker killed the student and implicated the defendant. , according to the report.
As ABC reports, a witness reportedly told police, “That Mexican shouldn’t be in jail for killing Molly Tibbets, because I raped and killed her.”
The new witness said the man told her he first tied and hugged Tibbets in a “trap house” owned by an unidentified 50-year-old, the outlet reported.
Another witness told the sheriff a similar story about the alleged real killer, but police said the witness was drunk and not credible, according to the article.
Both new witnesses reportedly contacted police on the day Bahena Rivera testified that she was abducted by two masked men, who forced her to drive to where she said Tibet would jog.
The farmhand said that when they found the student, one of them stabbed him to death and dumped the body by taking him to a corn field.
Bahena Rivera, an undocumented immigrant, claimed he was not involved in the murder, and did not go to the police because masked men threatened to kill his daughter’s mother.
The case was endorsed by former President Trump as evidence that the US needs strict border security.