Mollie Tibbetts Trial: DNA Analyst Confirms Blood in Suspect's Trunk Proven to Be Tibbetts'
Mollie Tibbetts was only 20 years old when she was brutally murdered via multiple stab wounds. The suspect, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, is standing on trial for murder in the first degree.
Abducted and murdered in 2018, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbets' blood was found in Mexican Immigrant Cristhian Bahena Rivera's Chevy Malibu truck. This is according to DNA analyst Tara Scott.
Tibbetts, who was studying psychology at the University of Iowa, went missing in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, 2018. Her body was eventually found in a cornfield four weeks later.
DNA ANALYST TESTIFIES
Testifying DNA analyst Scott, who works at Iowa's crime lab as a criminalist, said that she examined a swab sourced from a bloodstain swab taken from the trunk of the suspect's vehicle. She stated:
"The profile I had from Mollie Tibbetts and the profile from that blood matched. They were exactly the same."
The car was searched by investigating officers on August 20, 2018. This was following the suspect Rivera's permission for them to do so.
THE KILLING OF MOLLIE TIBBETTS: The state has rested their case in the murder trial of #CristhianBahenaRivera.— CourtTVUK (@CourtTVUK) May 25, 2021
Before wrapping their case, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on #MollieTibbetts took the stand to describe her injuries. https://t.co/yIqdSr78sp
THE CHARGES AND THE DEFENSE
Investigators claimed that farmworker Rivera confessed to the crime and said he led them to Tibbetts' body. The suspect has been charged with first-degree murder.
[Tibbetts' boyfriend] also referred to her as the love of his life.
The defense has affirmed that the accused was coerced into a false confession. They alleged that Rivera was subject to jarring interrogation techniques and sleep deprivation.
WHO RADIO NEWS: Cristhian Rivera Trial in Murder of Mollie Tibbetts Enters Day 5 https://t.co/ajsDOMoZ6B— NEWSRADIO 1040 WHO (@WHORadio) May 25, 2021
This was according to the State Medical Examiner who also revealed that out of the stab wounds found on multiple areas of Tibbetts' body, one located in her right hand indicated she might have been defending herself.
The trial of 26-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who is accused of murdering Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018, entered its second week on Monday. https://t.co/Dx3pcsY7E7— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) May 25, 2021
THE BOYFRIEND TAKES THE STAND
Tibbetts' boyfriend, Dalton Jack, was one of the first two witnesses for the prosecution, alleging that he last communicated with his girlfriend via Snapchat on July 18, 2020. He expressed his affection for her, stating:
"She was always happy, bubbly, goofy. Always liked to have fun."
He also referred to her as the love of his life. He was purportedly away on a work trip when the incident occurred, returning home soon as he learned that she was nowhere to be found.
The trial of 26-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who is accused of murdering Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018, entered its second week on Monday. https://t.co/4cd04QCbwN— KTVU (@KTVU) May 25, 2021
Another egregious stabbing resulted in the death of a five-year-old earlier this year. The little girl's mother was charged with the crime.
Caroline Rose Cagle had just celebrated her 5th birthday a few weeks before she was slain. The mother, Penny, has no official criminal history.
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