Lawyer for Mollie Tibbetts killer insists his client in the U.S. legally

Lawyer for Mollie Tibbetts killer insists his client in the U.S. legally
Cristihian Rivera. Poweshiek County Sheriff

[Ed. – In that case the killer is free to go.]

A court document filed Wednesday morning states that the man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts was working legally in Iowa, contradicting authorities’ contention that he is an undocumented immigrant.

But officials at the Iowa dairy farm where the suspect worked offered information Wednesday afternoon that undermines the document’s claim.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the July 18 disappearance of Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student whose abduction has captured national headlines.

The government is incorrectly promoting the idea that Rivera is not in Iowa legally, attorney Allen Richards of Tama said in a court document asking for a gag order in the case.

“Sad and sorry Trump has weighed in on this matter in national media which will poison the entire possible pool of jury members,” Richards wrote, referencing a statement from the president citing Tibbetts’ death as an example why “immigration laws are such a disgrace.”

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