Bayard Man Questions Justice System After Reporting Collin Richards To Police Years Ago
BAYARD, Iowa -- A Bayard man says he’s tried to hand over Collin Richards, the man accused of murdering Iowa State student Celia Barquin Arozamena, to police before -- but believes there is a problem with justice in rural Iowa. "The criminals are coming out here because it’s less likely to get caught and that’s what is scaring everybody out here," said Joel Lacey, a Bayard resident who knew Richards. Lacey was surprised to hear Richards was out of jail and said, "His report, his criminal background he just received a slap on the wrist, slap on the wrist for numerous things people I know have gone to jail for a really long time. The system just needs to work a little harder.”