Mollie Tibbetts’ Accused Killer Wants Trial Pushed Back

The man accused of abducting and killing Mollie Tibbetts last year is asking to have his trial delayed.

A motion filed this week by the attorneys for 24-year old Cristhian Rivera requests more time to finish discovery before the trial and for a new trial date to be set.  The previous deadline for completing the discovery process and filing pre-trial motions was two days ago(the 15th).  Rivera’s defense team says it needs more time to review the latest version of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s file on the case.

Mollie Tibbetts’ disappearance last July set off a massive search involving family, friends and local, state and federal authorities.  She was found more than a month later when Rivera led police to her body.  Investigators say he confessed to killing the young college student and then dumping her body in a cornfield, but Rivera also said he had blacked out before realizing that he had killed her.

He’s pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.