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Jury selected for Cristhian Bahena Rivera trial

This undated photo provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Cristhian Bahena...
This undated photo provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Cristhian Bahena Rivera. Authorities said on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that they have charged a man living in the U.S. illegally with murder in the death of Iowa college student, Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared a month ago while jogging in a rural area. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Rick Rahn said that Rivera, 24, was charged with murder in the death of Tibbetts. (Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP)(AP)
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 4:19 PM CDT
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(AP) -A jury has been selected for the first-degree murder trial of the farm laborer charged with killing a University of Iowa student while she was out running in July 2018.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera is accused in the death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018.

Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Scott County Courthouse.

The trial is expected to last through next week.

A prosecutor and Bahena Rivera’s defense lawyer chose the eight men and seven women from a pool of 183 prospective jurors after questioning them on their

knowledge of the case, their opinions of his guilt, and other subjects.

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