January Trial Date Set In Death Of Champion ISU Golfer

Oct 15, 2018

In Story County District Court today, District Judge Bethany Currie set a January 15th trial date for 22-year old Collin Richards.

Richards was living in a homeless camp in Ames on September 17th when he is alleged to have attacked 22 year old ISU student Celia Barquin Arozamena as she was playing a round of golf at Clearwater Links near the university campus.

The champion Big 12 golfer and engineering student from Spain was stabbed to death.  Her body was found in a pond nearby.

Richards was scheduled to appear for an arraignment today.   Instead he entered a written plea of not guilty to first degree murder.    

In the written plea, Richards attests to having an eighth grade education.   He requested that a trial date be promptly set, while waiving his right to a speedy trial.     

Richards remains in jail on a $5 million bond.    The first degree murder charge carries a penalty of life in prison without parole.