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Iowa murder suspect blames mystery men for runner’s slaying

Cristhian Bahena Rivera listens to court proceedings in his trial, on Monday, May 24, 2021, in...
Cristhian Bahena Rivera listens to court proceedings in his trial, on Monday, May 24, 2021, in the Scott County Courthouse, in Davenport, Iowa. Bahena Rivera is on trial after being charged with first degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)(Kelsey Kremer | AP)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 1:20 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The man on trial for the 2018 abduction and stabbing death of a University of Iowa student is testifying in his own defense, claiming two masked men were responsible for the crime but forced him to take part.

The defense called Cristhian Bahena Rivera to the witness stand at his first-degree murder trial Wednesday morning. He admitted that his black car was the one seen on surveillance video circling Mollie Tibbetts while she ran in Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18, 2018, that she ended up in its trunk and that he hid her body in a cornfield.

But the farmworker laid out a far different narrative about what happened, denying that he was responsible for stabbing her to death.

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