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IOWA SUPREME COURT DENIES RIVERA APPEAL

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The Iowa Supreme Court says it will not review evidence in the case of the suspect charged with killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018.

The lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera have argued that much of the evidence prosecutors plan to use at trial should be suppressed because his cooperation was coerced and he wasn’t initially read his legal rights.

Justice Edward Mansfield denied the review Tuesday.

A district court judge had ruled the evidence was admissible.

Rivera’s lawyers appealed the decision, leading to a delay of Rivera’s first-degree murder trial in Sioux City.

A court spokesman says a new date will be set for the trial, but it will not take place this month.