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Defense requests hearing for new trial in Mollie Tibbetts murder case

Mollie Tibbetts
Mollie Tibbetts

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (KTTC) -- On Thursday morning the defense for Cristhian Bahena Rivera requested a new trial after an inmate confession in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts.

The defense argued that the new information would clear Rivera of Tibbetts' murder while the prosecution argued the evidence is not enough to start a new trial or clear Rivera of murder.

"The evening after the verdict at 8 p.m., we get an email and we are told in a report that not only did this inmate say this, but he gives names, details and locations," said Bahena Rivera's Attorney Chad Frese.

A hearing for the motion of a new trial is tentatively set for July 27th.

Derek Grant

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