Judge delays sentencing after twists in Mollie Tibbetts case

Student Killed Iowa

FILE – In this Thursday, May 27, 2021 file photo, Cristhian Bahena Rivera listens as Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown delivers his closing arguments in his trial, at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport, Iowa. Bahena Rivera was on trial after being charged with first degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018. Judge Joel Yates has granted a defense motion for an inmate at an Iowa prison, to testify at Rivera’s sentencing hearing at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, pool, File)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has agreed to delay the sentencing of the man convicted of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts after his lawyers said they need time to investigate new information implicating other people.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera was scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, about 50 miles west of Iowa City.

Judge Joel Yates issued an order Wednesday saying the sentencing would be delayed until after he holds hearings on whether to grant the defense’s requests to compel prosecutors to release information about other suspects and for a new trial.

Bahena Rivera was convicted of first-degree murder in May in Tibbetts’ 2018 killing.

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