College Golfer’s Suspected Killer Intends To Plead Guilty

The suspected murderer of former Iowa State golf standout Celia Barquin Arozamena plans to plead guilty, according to a letter the man wrote to the judge of his case, which was obtained by The Des Moines Register.

Collin Richards, 22, is accused of killing Arozamena on the morning of September 17, 2018 at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa.

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“I would like to take care of my case, I would like to do whatever it is to move forward ending the case ple [sic] of guilty if it takes that thank you & sorry,” Richards wrote. “I do plead guilty.”

District Judge Bethany Currie reviewed the letter on Thursday and ordered Richards’ attorneys to discuss it and determine if they want to request a hearing as a result of the letter. Judge Currie said the court will have no further comment on the letter. 

Richards had previously pleaded not guilty and is slated to go to trial in September. 


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