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Prosecutor says trial in Iowa student’s death won’t be easy

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor is warning prospective jurors that the trial of a Mexican national charged in the 2018 fatal stabbing of a University of Iowa student will include graphic evidence that will be emotionally difficult to see and hear. 

Prosecutor Scott Brown says the first-degree murder trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera will feature testimony about the stab wounds that 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts suffered when she was attacked while she was out for a run. 

Brown spoke during jury selection Monday at an events center in Davenport. Lawyers are whittling down a 175-person pool to 12 jurors and three alternates. 

Jury selection is expected to continue Tuesday before a two-week trial.

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