Man charged in Tibbetts' death was working in Iowa legally, lawyer says

Undocumented Immigrant Charged With Murder Of Iowa Woman

Now, following an autopsy report, the state medical examiner says Tibbetts died from "multiple sharp force injuries", but did not explain exactly what was allegedly used by the illegal alien to murder the young woman. Richards said his client, who was ordered held on $5 million cash bond during a brief court appearance Wednesday, came to the United States at 17, had the equivalent of a middle school education and had worked for years tending to dairy cows.

Richards, an attorney for Cristhian Bahena Rivera, stated in a court document filed Wednesday that an employer has said Rivera is in the US legally. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said authorities believe this was a "premeditated' attack", writes Fox News.

Tibbetts was killed while running in her hometown of Brooklyn on July 18th.

Mollie Tibbetts' disappearance set off a massive search involving state and federal authorities.

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Prosecutors did not directly address the defense claim other than to note after the hearing their understanding that Rivera was in the country illegally. They've made no mention of recovering a weapon linked to the death.

The Iowa university student went for a jog on July 18 and was reported missing the next day by her family, when she did not show up for work.

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Law enforcement officials in Iowa have charged a man with murdering 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbets, saying he admitted to abducting her as she ran on a country road and eventually led them to the field where her body was buried under corn stalks.

Officials with the DOT say they reviewed records and confirmed no identification was issued to Cristhian Bahena Rivera "under that name or any alternate name bearing his likeness".

The killing has recharged the U.S. debate over illegal immigration after it emerged the suspect was Mexican.

Referring to Trump as "sad and sorry", Richards identified Rivera's long-time employer as Eric Lang, the brother of Iowa GOP politician Craig Lang. Richards further says that Lang has been able to confirm Rivera's legal status.

"Our hearts go out to the Tibbetts family and to the Brooklyn community".

When police arrested him on Friday, Rivera made a full confession and told them he had seen Mollie before.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday at Hubbard Park in Iowa City for a vigil to remember Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was found earlier this week. She pulled out a cellphone and said she would call the police.

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The body of Ms. Tibbetts was found Tuesday in Poweshiek County, one month after she disappeared while jogging.

"We screen every applicant through the Social Security Administration's Social Security number verification service", Lang said.

"You heard about today with the illegal alien coming in very sadly from Mexico".

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement representative said that the agency lodged an immigration detainer on Rivera with local authorities after his arrest Tuesday.

The alleged murderer told the police that he saw Tibbetts jogging and began following her in his auto.

Law enforcement identified Rivera as the perpetrator of the homicide after watching home surveillance footage that showed a vehicle following Tibbetts as she jogged.

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