Mollie Tibbetts' Suspected Killer Pleads Not Guilty

Trial date set for Cristhian Bahena Rivera
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2018 10:45 AM CDT
Mollie Tibbetts Murder Trial Date Is Set
In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, Cristhian Bahena Rivera is escorted into the Poweshiek County Courthouse for his initial court appearance in Montezuma, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

The man accused of murdering Mollie Tibbetts will stand trial in April. Cristhian Bahena Rivera on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder during his arraignment in Montezuma, Iowa. KCRG reports the 24-year-old waived his right to a speedy trial, and an April 16 trial date was set. He remains jailed on a $5 million cash-only bond and faces life in prison without parole if convicted, reports the Des Moines Register. (More Mollie Tibbetts stories.)

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