Fury after Gingrich encourages Republicans to politicize woman murdered by illegal immigrant

A preliminary autopsy indicates Mollie Tibbetts, 20, was killed from multiple sharp force injuries.

The arrest Tuesday of Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, has thrust a white-hot immigration debate to the forefront of national politics, exploding on social media from a state in America's heartland where Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, condemned "a broken immigration system (that) allowed a predator like this to live in our community". In other words, the murder of Mollie Tibbetts was not only ugly and evil, it was unnecessary and utterly preventable by government action. Authorities say her suspected killer, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, followed her in his vehicle as she ran along a country road before assaulting her. "If you've got to compete with somebody that's not playing by the rules, that's able to lower their cost of business by cutting corners and hiring people who are in the country illegally and so on, that puts you in a real bind" said Sen.

Friends of his told DailyMail.com he crossed the border around six years ago with a cousin, although Rivera's attorney Allan Richards has insisted his client is in the United States lawfully.

The department didn't provide any further details about Tibbett's death but said further examination may result in additional findings. Under Iowa law, the vast majority of information from an autopsy is confidential, and treated as a medical record.

Investigators allege that Rivera abducted Tibbetts while she was out for an evening run in Brooklyn on July 18. Authorities found a deceased body in a cornfield around 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn on early Tuesday morning.

During the five-week search for Tibbetts, the farm said that Rivera didn't act suspiciously. After that, investigators say Rivera told them, he "blacked out" and woke up later to find her dead in his auto.

"Everybody loved her. Everybody that met her loved her", Trump said.

The flood of right-wing commentary and headlines on Tibbetts' murder came after it was revealed that the man who confessed to killing her-24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera-appears to be an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.

"Our employee is not who he said he was", Lang said at a news conference at the farm. "The dark colored Chevy Malibu can be seen numerous times driving back and forth in the area".

In an initial appearance on Wednesday, Rivera's attorney Allen Richards argued the defendant should be presumed innocent, and argued that media coverage against his client was biased. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

Trump, whose pledge to build a wall on the border with Mexico was a central plank of his 2016 presidential campaign, has mentioned the case at least twice since Rivera's arrest, most recently in a videotaped speech posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

Jessica Rudd has been running for 10 years and says she gets rude comments or some other form of harassment from men at least once a week.

The president also claimed the suspect was "found by" agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, an agency that some liberals have called for abolishing because of tactics they view as overly harsh.


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