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July 19, 2019

Man pleads guilty to 2018 murder of 22-year-old Iowa State golfer

June 16, 2019
Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Sept. 17 at a golf course in Iowa. (Luke Lu/Iowa State University vi / AP)

The man accused of fatally stabbing 22-year-old Iowa State University golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Friday.

Collin Richards pleaded guilty in Arozamena's death.
Collin Richards pleaded guilty in Arozamena’s death. (Story County Jail)

Colin Richards, a 22-year-old homeless man, had showed up to a friend’s house covered in blood and sand the same day Arozamena was killed at the Coldwater Golf Links on September 17, police previously said. He showered and left the home with the stained clothes in a backpack.

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Arozamena, the 2018 Big 12 champion, was found with stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck, police said.

During their search, officials found a man who told them that Richards had told him about wanting to kill and rape women. Richards was found with the backpack and bloodied clothes, as well as scratches on his face from what they assumed was a fight.

“Today we honor the life and memory of Celia Barquin Arozamena by announcing that justice has been served in her case,” Story County attorney Jessica Reynolds said in a statement Friday. “There were no plea offers made in this case.”

Richards will be sentenced Aug. 23, but a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without possibility of parole.

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