ISU golfer murder suspect writes in letter he wants to plead guilty


    Collin Daniel Richards makes his initial court appearance after being charged with the murder of Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at the Story County Courthouse in Nevada, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)

    The man accused of stabbing a former star Iowa State golfer to death on a golf course wrote to a judge that he wants to plead guilty.

    The Des Moines Register reports that 22-year-old Collin Richards wrote, "I would like to take care of my case, I would like to do whatever it is to move forward ending the case (plea) of guilty if it takes that thank you & sorry. I do plead guilty."

    Richards is accused of killing Celia Barquín Arozamena on Sept. 17, 2018. She was found in a pond with multiple stab wounds, after other golfers on the course noticed her abandoned bag and called police.

    In this September 2017, photo provided by Iowa State University, golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena plays in the 2017 East and West Match Play tournament in Verona, Wis. The former ISU golfer was found dead Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. Collin Daniel Richards, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in her death. (Barb Malchow/Iowa State University via AP)


    Online court filings indicate a judge ordered Richards' attorneys to discuss the letter with him to see if he would like to arrange a hearing, and that the court would take no further action on the letter. Currently, Richards' trial is set to begin on Sept. 10.

    He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

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