Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts murder appears in court

The suspect in the Iowa murder case made his first court appearance as prosecutors say he kidnapped and killed college student Mollie Tibbetts while she was jogging.
1:48 | 08/23/18

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Next this E he new developmen the murder O that college student in Iowa E suspect was in court for therst time today. Prosecutors say he kidnapped and killed mollie Tibbetts whilehe was jogging. Authies say he was in the U.S. Legally, and that he used aalse I.D.O get work. ABC's Alex perrom Iowa again tonight. Rep man accusedf murdering molli Tibbetts aing in an Iowa courthouseac and escorted by depu, 24-year-old cristhri facing a judge. You hbeen charged murder in the first degree. Eporter: Rivera lning to the chargesgh a translate his gifriend andily in the courtroom. Authorities say river confessed to abducting andlinglie Tibbetts while she was O for a joumping her body in a rn field. Investigators say they cracked the using surveilla foe. Frame by frame and inl time motion and eventually saw Mo on the video, led us to Mr. Rivera,dentifying T vehicle. Reporter: According to investigators, Rivera who is fromex was in th country illegally. Tonight, the owner of the F where he worked saying R lied. What we learned I the last hours is that ourmployee was not who he said he was. Reporter: T farm nos when they hiredrier have a foears ago, they screened him through an older system instead of homeland security e-verify. Ex, Rivera is behind bars? Reportehat'sright, David. The judge ordered he be held on $5 million cash bond. E hearing fro mollie's fa tonight. Ey issued statement thankin the publicor their love and saying T hearts arebren. D? Alex P with using tonight. We're to move on here

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