Il verdetto è stato annunciato venerdì pomeriggio dopo un processo di due settimane a Davenport, Iowa, in quale Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 26, ha affrontato l'accusa di omicidio di primo grado per cui è stato condannato.
Jurors reached their decision after deliberating for just over seven and a half hours.
Excluding the alternates, the jurors ranged in age from 19 per 71. The panel was made up of five females and seven males, of which three were of Hispanic descent and nine were White.
During closing arguments, prosecutors urged the jury to convict Bahena Rivera, 26, for the death of the University of Iowa student, citando “overwhelming evidence” that tied him to the killing.
The defense rested its case Wednesday after Bahena Rivera testified that two men killed Tibbetts and forced him to transport her body in his car.
Prosecutor Scott Brown called Bahena Rivera’s testimony “a figment of his imagination.” He argued that Bahena Rivera drove past Tibbetts, 20, as she was running on July 18, 2018 a Brooklyn, Iowa and made advances towards her.
When she rebuffed him, he got angry, Ha detto Brown.
“The way he reacts with that anger is to stab this young woman to death and to dump her body in a cornfield,” he told the jury.