A man has been charged with murder after a former Iowa State University golf champion was killed at a golf course.
Celia Barquin Arozamena, 22, was found dead at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa, on Monday.
Police were called to the golf course around 10.20am on Monday morning after golfers found an unattended golf bag.
Officers discovered a body some distance from the bag.
Police determined the Spanish national had died following an assault. They arrested 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards and charged him with first-degree murder.
Richards’ mugshot was later released, showing scratches under his right eye and on his left cheek.
He was booked into the Story County Jail just after 12am Tuesday morning. He is being held on a $5million cash bond.
Investigators have not released any information on how Barquin Arozamena died, whether she knew Richards or possible motive.
Authorities said Richards has no known address, but he does have a history of domestic violence.
In January 2015, Richards was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon in Guthrie County after he tried to steal two energy drinks from a gas station.
A few months later he was involved in a domestic violence incident. He ended up pleading guilty in September 2015 to first-degree domestic abuse assault.
He spent 90 days in jail, was given one year on probation and a $315 fine.
In January 2017, he pleaded guilty to first-degree harassment and was sentenced to complete an anger management program, according to online records.
At the time, he was also give two years of probation, a 90-day suspended jail sentence and a $625 fine.
Later that year, his father called police after coming home to find their residence badly damaged.
Court documents show that Richards admitted to breaking into the house to get his belongings after his parents kicked him out just days before the incident.
He caused more than $200 of damage and was arrested for trespassing.
In June, Richards was arrested for public intoxication. He was allegedly passed out at a Hy-Vee supermarket.
Barquin Arozamena, from Puente San Miguel in Spain, was the Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year and was finishing a civil engineering degree this semester, having missed the beginning of her university life to take part in the Youth Olympic Games in China.
Iowa State University said she was one of the most accomplished players in their golf history.
‘Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed,’ Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said in a statement from Iowa State.
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Source: Daily Mail