Yarrabee Farms is owned in part by Craig Lang, a prominent Iowa Republican who ran for Iowa secretary of agriculture this summer. Iowa Governor Kimberly Reynolds released a statement indicating that she had spoken with the family of the victim and hopes that they can "find comfort knowing that God does not leave us to suffer alone".
Investigators allege that Rivera abducted Tibbetts while she was out for an evening run in Brooklyn on July 18.
"But that straw should have happened a long, long, time ago", he says, "before Mollie Tibbetts or a lot of other people paid a price for it". "He does not belong in the US, nor does he represent the hard work, compassion and contributions of the immigrants, documented or not, who live in the US", Noorani said. "This was shocking to us".
Police investigators say security footage showing a auto driving back and forth as a young woman was running has helped them identify her alleged killer. Instead, the farm used a program connected to a Social Security Administration database, which didn't flag any problems.
His defense attorney Allan Richards, who was sporting an American flag tie, argued that media coverage of the case could negatively influence the presumption of innocence for Rivera as he asked the judge to ban the media from the courtroom.
Iris Monarrez was a cheerleader at Brooklyn, Guernsey, and Malcom High School while Tibbetts was on the track team there, a picture in their yearbook obtained by the Daily Mail shows. He was patted on his back. Rivera, 24, has been held on a $1 million cash bond. Rivera remains the Poweshiek County Jail.
Richards claimed his client "has the legal documents" to work in the U.S. He said his client was recruited to work at a local farm, passed government vetting and has worked and paid taxes for years.
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A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement representative said that the agency lodged an immigration detainer on Rivera after his arrest, so if he is ever released, he would be deported to Mexico.
"I can't really speak to you about the motive", Rahn said.
Lang said that Rivera helped take care of the cows on a daily basis, was reliable and got along with his co-workers.
Mollie's grieving family broke their silence on Wednesday during a vigil at the University of Iowa where she would have entered her sophomore year this fall.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera led police to Tibbetts body on Tuesday, admitting to having an altercation with her, blacking out, then finding her in his trunk and dumping the body in a corn field. After she threatened to call the police, he became angry and killed her. Under Iowa law, the vast majority of information from an autopsy is confidential, and treated as a medical record.
Rivera is from Guayabillo, Mexico, according to his Facebook page. It's about a three-hour drive from the resort city of Acapulco.