GRAPHIC images of Mollie Tibbetts' body and her clothes were revealed during Cristhian Bahena Rivera's trial today after he allegedly dumped the jogger's bloodied body in a rural cornfield.
On Friday, the court heard how items of clothing were discovered scattered around the 20-year-old's remains on the outskirts of the small Iowa town of Brooklyn in 2018 after being stabbed in the chest, ribs, neck, and skull.
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Graphic images are understood to have been shown to the jury, including one where Mollie's remains and hair are believed to be visible, causing some jurors to look away in horror, one pool reporter told Court TV.
After former officer Romero yesterday revealed how Rivera allegedly confessed to leaving Tibbett's body to rot there and today, crime scene investigator Amy Johnson gave more disturbing details.
After the video of Rivera's alleged confession was played for the jurors and Romero took the stand again, Johnson was quizzed about the investigation as Rivera looked on.
She described how Tibbett's remains were found in corn, about 400 feet from the road and her bright running shoes could be seen in the field near the town Guernsey and almost at the Iowa County line.
Her body was covered with bent corn stalks, wearing those sneakers, black socks, and a pink sports bra but not the Fitbit she had been carrying.
Nearby, black shorts, a possible headband, and "striped" underwear some 34feet away from Tibbetts were found by investigators, Johnson said.
Jurors were then shown a rough sketch demonstrating the distance of these items of clothing from Tibbetts' remains.
The part-time crime scene tech also confirmed that she "took samples from some of the stained areas to do presumptive testing for possible blood" in Rivera's black Chevy Malibu.
"The football and two pieces of the fishing pole were found to have stained areas that were positive presumptive for blood," she said.
Another suspected bloodstain taken from the trunk seal was collected and processed on August 22, 2021, at the DCI crime lab, she said.
Johnson also revealed that two long strands of brown hair were also allegedly found in Rivera's trunk.
Another expert Tara Scott confirmed that investigators were able to compare samples of Tibbetts' DNA taken from a water bottle.
Earlier, Romero took the stand once more after her bombshell testimony yesterday, which included Rivera allegedly telling her he “kept a copy of the poster flier in his car.”
The former officer, who is bilingual, alleged that the Mexican national also confessed to flying into a rage and blacking out when he approached Tibbetts jogging and she tried to call the cops.
She also told the court that Rivera had admitted to seeing the jogger – who he described as "attractive" and "hot" – after being shown a still from a neighbor's video showing his car following her running route.
During the dramatic trial, a student journalist was also ousted and her organization banned for taking pictures of the jury, which Judge Joel Yates said will not be released.
He seized the news camera and initially, threatened the pool photographer with jail.
More to follow…
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