A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled in Poweshiek County next month for the suspect charged in the 2018 death of a University of Iowa student.
25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts.
Judge Joel Yates has given attorneys a deadline of January 22nd to file any pretrial motions with a hearing set for 9:00 a.m. on January 28th in Montezuma, Iowa, at the Poweshiek County Courthouse.
Officials say Tibbetts was stabbed to death after she disappeared while out for a run near Brooklyn, Iowa.
Investigators found her body a month later.
Rivera is scheduled to stand trial February 4th in Sioux City in Woodbury County District Court from a change of venue granted for the case.