Hearing for man charged with killing Mollie Tibbetts delayed

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(KWQC/NBC) - UPDATE 4:45 p.m. A hearing to determine whether key evidence can be used against a man charged in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts has been delayed.

The man suspected of murdering Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts last year will appear in court Tuesday. Cristhian Rivera was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who disappeared in July of 2018 while out for a jog. (NBC)

Cristhian Rivera is accused of killing Tibbetts in July 2018. She disappeared while out for a jog in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, and her remains were found about a month later in a cornfield.

Prosecutors acknowledged last week that officers didn't properly read Rivera his rights during an interrogation before Tibbetts' body was found.

A hearing scheduled for Tuesday to decide if the interrogation can be used in the trial has been postponed because a defense lawyer's parent has died.

The hearing will be rescheduled.

ORIGINAL: The man suspected of murdering Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts last year will appear in court Tuesday.

Cristhian Rivera was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who disappeared in July of 2018 while out for a jog.

Tibbetts' remains were found just over a month later in a cornfield about 15 minutes from her hometown of Brooklyn.

Tuesday's hearing in Poweshiek County begins on a motion to suppress a portion of Rivera's interview with police.

Rivera's attorneys claim he was not properly read his Miranda Rights.

The hearing is expected to last three days.

TV6's sister station is following this case, you can view their story at this link.