Rivera is escorted into the Poweshiek County Courthouse for his initial court appearance, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Montezuma, Iowa. Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared July 18 from Brooklyn, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

An illegal alien, Cristhian Bahena-Rivera, will be assigned an investigative team to fight the murder charges against him.

Bahena-Rivera has been charged with killing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts by multiple stabbings, according to an autopsy report. In August, law enforcement officials announced that Tibbetts’ body was found in a cornfield in her rural hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa after she was last seen jogging on July 18.

Cristhian Bahena-Rivera has been given $5,000 in U.S. taxpayer dollars, and his lawyers say he has a “constitutional right” to receive American taxpayer funds to defend himself.

Bahena-Rivera, 24, of Mexico has been charged with first-degree murder. Police say Rivera admitted to confronting and chasing down Tibbets. The illegal alien lived in a region of Iowa that was surrounded by sanctuary cities, as Breitbart News noted, and an initial autopsy report revealed that Bahena-Rivera allegedly stabbed Tibbetts to death.

Bahena-Rivera’s attorneys argued in court that he has a “constitutional right to a full and complete defense and equal protection under the law” and therefore is entitled to the $5,000 in taxpayer funding to fight the murder charge, according to KCRG TV in Iowa.

In a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Case, Almeida-Sanchez v. the United States, non-citizens are protected by the Constitution’s criminal charge-related amendments, including search and seizure, freedom of expression, trial by jury, and self-incrimination.

Bahena-Rivera is being held on a $5 million cash bond. A trial date has not been set in the murder case.

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