Man Accused Of Killing Former ISU Golfer Wants Trial Moved
The man accused of killing a former standout Iowa State University golfer has requested that his trial be moved to a different location.
Online court filings show that Collin Richards requested a change of venue on Monday. A hearing on a potential move has now been scheduled for May 6 in Story County District Court.
Richards, 22, is accused of killing Celia Barquin Arozamena on Sept. 17, 2018. She was found in a golf course pond suffering from multiple stab wounds. Other golfers on the course noticed her abandoned golf bag and called the police.
Just last month, Richards wrote a letter to the judge in the case and said that he wanted to plead guilty in the death of Arozamena. But the latest court filings would indicate that Richards now intends to go through with the trial, which is scheduled to begin on Sept. 10.
Richards has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder.