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Cristhian Rivera, the man accused of killing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, pleaded not guilty to murder charges at an arraignment hearing Wednesday.

His trial will begin on April 16 of next year.

Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on August 21 after the body of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was discovered in a cornfield about 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn.

The article goes on to state the following:

A criminal complaint alleges that Rivera confessed during a lengthy interrogation that began Monday to following Tibbetts in his car, getting out on foot and chasing after her. Rivera told investigators that he panicked after Tibbetts threatened to call police on her cellphone, he blacked out and later came to when he was unloading her bloody body from the trunk of a car, it says.

Investigators have said Rivera arrived to the U.S. illegally from Mexico at some point between 4 and 7 years ago and an immigration detainer was placed on him after his arrest.

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