ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT SUSPECT IN GEORGIA STUDENT’S MURDER ACCUSED OF DISFIGURING HER SKULL

Fox News reports the illegal immigrant suspect charged in nursing student Laken Riley’s death in Athens, Georgia, is accused of “disfiguring” her skull.

Jose Antonio Ibarra is charged with the felonies of malice murder, murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and concealing the death of another, as well as the misdemeanor of physically hindering a 911 call, according to the affidavit filed on February 23, 2024.

According to new information added this week, Ibarra “did commit the offense of aggravated battery when he maliciously causes bodily harm to another by seriously disfiguring her body or a member thereof by disfiguring her skull.”

For the felony offense of concealing the death of another, the arrest affidavit accuses Ibarra of “dragging the victim to a secluded area.”

Law enforcement has not yet disclosed exactly how Riley was killed, only that her death was caused by blunt force trauma.

More information about the type of object used or exactly how she was killed was not included in the arrest affidavits filed in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court.

University of Georgia police found her body in the woods along a trail by the intramural fields before 1 p.m. that afternoon.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that Ibarra, a Venezuelan national, entered the U.S. illegally in 2022 and had previously been arrested in New York City.

Fox News had previously reported that 26-year-old Ibarra had crossed into the U.S. illegally near El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was paroled into the U.S.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, ICE confirmed he had been encountered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on September 8, 2022, after entering near El Paso and was “paroled and released for further processing.” ICE also said that Ibarra had been arrested by the New York Police Department a year later.

ICE’s statement said Ibarra was released before a detainer could be issued. New York City is also a “sanctuary city,” which generally restricts law enforcement from complying with ICE detainers.

Former President Trump blasted “Biden’s border invasion” in a post on TRUTH Social, saying Riley’s murder “should have NEVER happened.”

In a letter to President Biden last week, Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp demanded “a response to questions surrounding the immigration status of the arrested suspect in the murder of Laken Riley and asylum claims of the suspect’s brother.”

“Laken Riley’s tragic death struck the hearts of Georgians everywhere and has rightfully sparked national outrage,” Kemp said in a statement. “As I have said many times before: every state is now a border state because of Joe Biden’s inaction, and today I am again demanding answers and information from the Biden Administration that will help us protect our citizens when the federal government will not.”

Clarke County Magistrate Judge Donarell Green denied Ibarra’s bond on Saturday.