GOP fundraiser tied to land where Iowa murder suspect lived

Mollie Tibbetts’ murder suspect was just arrested and the right is already politicizing her death

Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in Tibbetts' death, which preliminary autopsy results show was caused by "multiple sharp force injuries", although Mortvedt says authorities are not now providing more specifics.

The least share of responsibility would accrue to our immigration policies if an alien managed to infiltrate the country undetected and then had no interactions with government or any other institutions of our society before committing his crime. An immigration hold was also filed against Rivera. A preliminary hearing on the murder charge was scheduled for August 31.

Rivera's defense attorney, Allan Richards, acknowledged Wednesday that his client received his paycheck under a different name and that he was uncertain of his immigration status.

President Donald Trump noted the arrest and called for immigration law changes at a rally in West Virginia; Iowa's two Republican U.S. senators described Tibbetts' death as a tragedy "that could have been prevented"; and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said residents were heartbroken and angry.

According to the Labor Department's most recent National Agriculture Workers Survey, about 47 percent of hired crop farm workers in the USA lack proper authorization to work here.

"Cristhian deserves the court's protection as to his characterization before a jury pool".

Court records do not list any hearings scheduled so far on Richards' motions but the judge has issued an order granting expanded media coverage of Rivera's trial, which means cameras and other recording equipment will be allowed in the courtroom. Tibbetts' family has hit back at the illegal immigration discussion surrounding the case.

Either way, "there was something that drew him to her", Mitch Mortvedt of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation told ABC News Wednesday. "DCI doesn't work immigration stuff so anytime this stuff comes up we defer to them".

Attempts to reach Ms Monarrez on Thursday were not immediately successful. It remains unclear what - if any - specific documentation Rivera may have had to live and work in Iowa.


He almost sat out of the game after his sister's lifeless body was discovered in a cornfield Tuesday following a month-long search.

"What happened to Mollie was a disgrace, and our hearts go out", Trump said while speaking to Republicans in Ohio Friday.

Dane Lang, co-owner of Yarrabee Farms, speaks to the press with his father and co-owner Craig Lang, on their family's farm on August 22, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa.

In the wake of Rivera's arrest, Republicans, including Trump and Reynolds, railed against the country's immigration system.

He is accused of stalking Tibbetts while she was out for a run a few miles from his home, killing her after she threatened to call police on him, and dumping her body in a cornfield. Rivera allegedly followed her in a black Chevy Malibu.

The video showed Tibbetts jogging and Rivera's vehicle going by, officials said, and Rivera was tracked down by investigators Monday. Rivera told police he panicked and got mad, and then "blocked" his memory, becoming aware while at the driveway of a cornfield that he had placed a woman in his trunk, according to a criminal complaint.

Tibbetts, whose body was found on Tuesday, went missing while she was on an evening run in July. After officials identified his vehicle in surveillance footage, he complied with law enforcement and led them to the body. On behalf of Mollie's entire family, we thank all of those from around the world who have sent their thoughts and prayers for our girl.

"Asked about Mollie Tibbetts being murdered by an illegal immigrant, Elizabeth Warren says "I know this is hard" for her family, but they "have to remember" that we need to focus on "real problems" like illegal immigrants not being able to see their kids", Trump Jr. wrote.

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