Tibbetts trial juror says case was 'very emotional,' feels confident with guilty verdict

Robert Reed, un residente di Davenport, ha detto lui e il 11 altri giurati hanno impiegato poco più di sette ore per condannare Cristhian Bahena Rivera per omicidio di primo grado. The case made national headlines because of Bahena Rivera’s undocumented status.

What we really had to do is put all of our emotions to the side,” Reed said. “It wasn’t about our own personal beliefs. We had to look at the evidence.

I feel very confident with our decisions,” Ha aggiunto. “I think the other jurors are very confident.

Bahena Rivera, a farm worker who came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico as a teenager, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, which is a mandatory sentence upon conviction. He will be held without bond pending a July 15 sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors said he spotted Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, as she was jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18, 2018. He tried to make advances toward her and got angry when she rebuffed him. He admitted to police after the slaying that heblacked outafter becoming angry.

He said he later realized her body was in the trunk of his car and buried her in a cornfield. The trial took a turn this week when Bahena Rivera took the stand and said two armed men kidnapped him and forced him to participate in the killing. He said they threatened his family in an effort to silence him.

Prior to his testimony, he had not said anything about being kidnapped or the two men he claimed killed Tibbetts. Prosecutors called the testimony afigment of his imagination.

That was interesting to me,” Reed said. “I don’t know if anyone has really heard that story until then.

He said Bahena Rivera didn’t show any emotion throughout the trial aside from when the mother of his daughter testified.

I don’t hold that against him,” Reed said.

Iris Monarrez Gamboa told the jury that he had never been violent toward her or their child.

Defense attorneys said they plan to appeal the verdict. Bahena Rivera faces up to life in prison.

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