Homeless man accused of murdering Iowa State golfer sends letter pleading guilty

AMES, Iowa (KCRG) - The homeless man accused of murdering a champion Iowa State University golfer last year sent a letter to the judge saying he wants to plead guilty.

Collin Richards, 22, is awaiting trial on first-degree murder. Investigators say he killed Celia Barquin Arozamena while she was playing golf on a course near the Ames campus last September. Police say Richards was living at a homeless camp in the area at the time of the murder.

"I would like to take care of my case, I would like to do whatever it is to move forward ending the case ple of guilty if it takes that thank you & sorry," Richards wrote in the letter riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. "I do plead guilty."

The judge ordered attorneys to discuss the letter and decide whether a hearing on it was needed. The trial is scheduled for September.

Barquin Arozamena was the Big 12 champion in women's golf for Iowa State last year and had been named the Cyclone's female Athlete of the Year.