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SOME STATEMENTS BY SUSPECT IN MOLLIE TIBBETTS DEATH WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM CASE

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Part of the case against the suspect charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts appears to be in jeopardy because of a botched Miranda warning.

Prosecutors have agreed to exclude some statements that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera reportedly made to police.

Court documents filed Friday by prosecutors acknowledge that the initial Miranda warning given to Rivera around 11:30 p.m. on August 20th, 2018, failed to inform him that anything he said could be used against him in court.

His Miranda rights were accurately read to him a second time at 5:50 a.m. August 21st, as police were in a cornfield where Tibbetts’ body was found.

Rivera is accused of killing Tibbetts, who disappeared while out for a run near Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators found her body a month later.

Officials say she was stabbed to death.

Rivera is scheduled to stand trial in Sioux City in Woodbury County District Court from a change of venue granted for the case on February 4th.