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Jury picked for man’s trial in 2018 slaying of Iowa student

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury has been selected for the first-degree murder trial of the farm laborer charged with killing a University of Iowa student while she was out running in July 2018. 

Cristhian Bahena Rivera is accused in the death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018. 

Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday morning at the Scott County Courthouse. The trial is expected to last through next week.

 A prosecutor and Bahena Rivera’s defense lawyer chose the eight women and seven men from a pool of 183 prospective jurors after questioning them on their knowledge of the case, their opinions of his guilt and other subjects.

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