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May 7, 2019
A judge has ordered a trial moved for a man accused of killing a former Iowa State University golfer. Court records say the judge decided Monday to move the trial of Collin Richards from central Iowa’s Story County to Winneshiek County in northeast Iowa because of pretrial publicity. Richards has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the September slaying of Celia Barquin Arozamena. Barquin was a top teen golfer in Spain who came to Iowa State to pursue her career.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered a trial moved for a homeless man accused of killing a former Iowa State University golfer.

Story County court records say the judge decided Monday to move the trial of 22-year-old Collin Richards to northeast Iowa’s Winneshiek County. He’s pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the Sept. 17 slaying of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena. Authorities say Richards stabbed her to death while she was playing a round at a public course in Ames, near the Iowa State campus in Story County. Barquin was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and came to Iowa State to pursue her career.

Richards’ attorney said in a motion that pretrial publicity would keep Richards from getting a fair trial in Story County.