Bahena Rivera mistrial request denied

A request for a mistrial in Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s murder trial has been denied.  You’ll remember on May 28, Bahena Rivera was found guilty of first degree murder in the July 2018 death of Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn.  According to court documents filed last Friday (6/4), a witness for the state watched a live video stream of the trial outside the courtroom.  Bahena Rivera’s attorneys asked for a mistrial because that witness watched the video stream.  The judge denied the motion, saying there was no proof that any prejudice resulted from the livestream viewing.  Bahena Rivera will be sentenced July 15 in Montezuma.


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