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Prosecutor rejects new defense information in Mollie Tibbetts case

Cristhian Bahena Rivera listens as the verdict is announced in his trial, Friday, May 28, 2021,...
Cristhian Bahena Rivera listens as the verdict is announced in his trial, Friday, May 28, 2021, at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport, Iowa. A jury on Friday found Cristhian Bahena Rivera guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who vanished while out for a run in 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool)(Charlie Neibergall | AP)
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 3:47 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor has rejected claims that the killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts could be connected to sex trafficking and other abductions around the rural area where she disappeared in 2018.

Assistant attorney general Scott Brown said Thursday that a 21-year-old man’s alleged confession that he helped kill Tibbetts after she was kidnapped and held at a house used for sex trafficking isn’t credible. He says there is “zero” evidence to support the confession and that it’s inconsistent with testimony from Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the 27-year-old dairy farm worker who was convicted of first-degree murder in Tibbetts’ death.

Bahena Rivera testified that two masked men killed Tibbetts but forced him to dispose of her body.

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