Attorney for Killer of Mollie Tibbetts Says Cristhian Rivera Is in the Country Legally — ICE Says He Is Here Illegally

On Tuesday Mexican national Cristhian Bahena Rivera was charged with First Degree Murder for the slaying of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts.

Tibbetts was a sophomore at the University of Iowa.

Christhian Rivera beat Mollie to death and hid her body in a corn field.

The Washington Post reported that Rivera was in the US illegally.


On Wednesday Christhian Rivera’s attorney said the Mexican national was in the country legally.

The Omaha Herald reported:

In a court document, defense attorney Allan M. Richards stated that an employer has said Rivera has legal permission to be in the U.S. The document named Craig Lang, a former head of the Iowa Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s three public universities. Lang is co-owner of a dairy that employed Rivera.

Rivera’s immigration status was confirmed by an E-Verify electronic immigration status check, the Lang family said in a statement.

Richards sought a gag order and said comments about the case by President Donald Trump would “poison the entire possible pool of jury members.”

ICE officials say he is illegal.

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