It’s been a month since the murder of Iowa State Championship golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena. Her body was found on a golf course. Well now, court documents show that police involved with the investigation have been able to collect several pieces of evidence the coincide with her murder. Collin Richards, the suspect, is in jail on a $5 million cash bond for murder charges. He is currently awaiting trial.
The Des Moines Register was able to review documents that contain information about possible murder weapons. According to the papers, Arozamena’s body had stab wounds all over. She had wounds on her head, her neck, upper torso, and her left leg. Her autopsy report shows that her puncture wounds may have come from different knives.
Murder Charges For Collin Richards
Police were able to find three knives in connection with her murder. Two of the knives were found at the scene of a garage fire on Sept. 20. The fire was at a home that Richards broke into after the murder of Arozamena. According to police, Richards took a shower in the house. They were also able to collect physical evidence. Police were able to locate the third knife at a campsite in connection with Richards.
There was a fresh cut on Richards’ hand during the first interview with police after the murder. An acquaintance of Richards said that several days before the murder, Richards said he had an “urge to rape and kill a woman.”
Since first receiving the murder charges, Richard has been in jail. On Monday morning, Richards’ attorneys submitted and written not guilty plea. Doing so waives his right to faster trial.
Reports from the Associated Press says that trial for the murder of Celia Barquin Arozamena will begin January 15th. Richards, if convicted, will face life in prison.