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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
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)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more Mollie Tibbetts stories.)

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