New Lawyer Approved for Suspect in Iowa State Golfer’s Murder

Collin Richards appears in court at hearing for a new attorney. (WHO-HD)

NEVADA, Iowa — The homeless man accused of killing an Iowa State University golf star is getting a new lawyer.

Collin Richards is charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of Celia Barquin Arozamena in September. She was found dead in a pond at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.

Investigators say Richards was staying in a tent at a nearby homeless camp.

Richards was in court Monday at the Story County courthouse, where a judge granted his request for a new court appointed attorney.

Richards claimed he had a “communication issue” with his first lawyer.

His murder trial is scheduled for April 30, 2019.