Investigators testify on interview with suspect in Mollie Tibbetts murder

MONTEZUMA, Iowa - The man accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa in 2018 was in a Poweshiek County courthouse Wednesday for a suppression hearing.

Cristhian Rivera’s attorneys claim he was incorrectly read his Miranda rights during an interview. Police say that oversight had been corrected by the time Rivera took them to Tibbetts’ body.

But a Poweshiek County Sheriff's deputy said Wednesday Rivera was only read his full Miranda rights after he led law enforcement to the body.

During the suppression hearing, Deputy Chad Frese said this was the second time Rivera was read his rights, but was the only complete Miranda warning.

Frese also said Tibbett's FitBit and the murder weapon have never been found. The hearing is expected to last through Thursday.

The judge in the case is considering whether the interview can be used during Rivera’s murder trial.

Tibbetts disappeared while jogging. Her body was found just over a month after she was last seen.

Rivera's murder trial is scheduled to start February 4th.

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