Mollie Tibbetts case: Jury selected in murder trial of Cristhian Rivera

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UPDATE: After not finding a single jury member Monday, attorneys completed the selection of 12 jurors and three alternates Tuesday.

Eight men and seven women were selected to the jury.

The 15 selected were from a pool of 183 prospective jurors and questioned them about their knowledge of the case.

At 11:30 a.m., they still hadn’t selected any members, but in the following 90 minutes they found all 15.

Cristhian Rivera is accused of fatally stabbing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018 while she was on a run.

Detectives say after a lenghty interrogation he confessed to killing Tibbetts in panic.

Allegedly, Rivera led them to a cornfield where Tibbetts’ body was found.

Rivera has been charged with one count of first degree murder.

Opening statements will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

EARLIER UPDATE: The jury was selected Tuesday for the man accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts.

Her body was found in August 2018.

She disappeared about a month earlier.

Cristhian Rivera is accused of killing her.

Police say he brought them to a cornfield in Brooklyn, Iowa, where they say he hid her body.

The trial is taking place in Scott County.

Today, 15 jurors were selected.

There will be eight men on the jury and seven women.

Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday.

EARLIER UPDATE: A jury has been selected for the first-degree murder trial of the farm laborer charged with killing a University of Iowa student while she was out running in July 2018.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera is accused in the death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018.

Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday morning at the Scott County Courthouse.

The trial is expected to last through next week.

A prosecutor and Bahena Rivera’s defense lawyer chose the eight men and seven women from a pool of 183 prospective jurors after questioning them on their knowledge of the case, their opinions of his guilt and other subjects.

— Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press

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