Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city

Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city

Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city

Barquin, the Big 12 conference champion, had dreams of making the pro tour and spent hours practicing at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.

Authorities have described him as homeless, saying he lived in an encampment in the woods near the golf course where the 22-year-old college athlete was playing solo Monday morning. Richards had fresh cuts and scratches consistent with fighting and also tried to hide his left hand from officers, according to an Ames police criminal complaint.

Of Richards, she said, "He was just going out with the goal of killing".

That man told investigators Richards had said recently he had "an urge to rape and kill a woman" while they were walking near the course, the complaint said. The acquaintance told police Richards was covered in blood, sand and water.

In Richards' backpack were bloodied clothes and a knife, the document says.

Huff said no one else had been charged, but that the investigation was ongoing. During the event, friends and her teammates on ISU's golf team, shared their stories of Barquin Arozamena. He was ordered jailed Tuesday on a $5 million, cash-only bond.

None of that earned Richards prison time or a felony conviction, in part because prosecutors agreed to plea deals that reduced charges to misdemeanors and judges imposed sentences of probation.

Paul Rounds, a public defender representing Richards, declined comment.

She had finished her university golf career, which ran from 2015 to 2018, and was wrapping up her studies for a civil engineering degree.

But the most touching testimony came from the person who had been closest to her in recent months, her boyfriend Carlos Negrín.

The 22-year-old Iowa State University student's body was discovered Monday morning by staff at Goldwater Golf Links in the city of Ames.

She also was the 2018 Big XII Tournament Champion. She was the third Iowa State women's golfer to compete in the U.S. Women's Open Championship.

The university's women's golf team withdrew from a competition in MI to return home to grieve her death.

"We are all devastated", said Christie Martens, head coach of the Iowa State women's golf team.

"When we ask her to do something, she does it and more", Martens said in the video.

Richards was sent to prison past year only after he tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, failed to complete an anger-management course he started four times and didn't pay court-ordered fees to a halfway house, court records show.

Over the years some of the crimes Richards has been convicted of includes harassment, theft, and domestic abuse.

Employees of Sparky's One Stop saw him try to steal two energy drinks and confronted him.

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