Cristhian Rivera’s legal team gets state to pay for private investigator

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Cristhian Rivera’s legal team has received the approval from the state to use state money to pay for a private investigator.

Rivera is accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts this summer. Mollie was reported missing in July from Brooklyn, Iowa. She went running one night and never returned home. Dozens of FBI agents and state investigators combed through cornfields and nearby towns, looking for Tibbetts. Her body was found in a cornfield a few miles away from where she went running. Rivera allegedly confessed to being involved in her murder.

Rivera has had two legal teams represent him. The most recent one is a husband-wife team from Marshalltown. Chad and Jennifer Frese submitted paperwork on Wednesday, informing the court that they had hired a private investigator, from Gratias Investigations in Des Moines.

“An investigator is necessary to offer Defendant assistance in this matter of particulars which are reasonably obvious given the attention this case has received. However, Defendant will not specify each and every detail as to his reasons.”

Gratias Investigations is going to be paid $5,000 to assist in the investigation. This is just an initial stipend. The state will be paying this amount.

Rivera’s lawyers argue that “without the appointment of an investigator at state expense, Defendant will be deprived of his constitutional right to a full and complete defense and equal protection under the law. Defendent is in need of an investigator at public expense to avoid prejudice.”

A trial date has not been set by either party.

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