Lawyers for Man Accused of Killing Mollie Tibbetts Want Trial Pushed Back

Prosecuting lawyers in the murder trial for the man accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts say they do not object to delaying the trial.     In a response filed Thursday, Poweshiek County Attorney Bart Klaver and Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown said they were prepared to proceed with the trial as scheduled on November 12 but they do not resist pushing it back.

Cristhian Rivera has pleaded not guilty to the stabbing death of Tibbetts. She had been missing for several weeks following her disappearance in July of 2018.

Tibbetts had gone on a run near her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa and wasn’t seen until her body was discovered nearly a month later.

The suspect’s lawyers, Chad and Jennifer Frese, say the State of Iowa crime lab finish testing some forensic evidence from the case on October 4.

They argue the results are critical to his defense and expert witnesses will not have enough time to look the evidence over in time if the trial date is not pushed back.

Defense lawyers believe if the judge does not approve the delay, it will impact Rivera’s chance at getting a fair trial.

It’s ultimately up to the judge to approve the motion before a new trial date is selected.