Thursday, February 29, 2024

Migrant Suspect in Laken Riley Murder Accused of ‘seriously disfiguring’ Nursing Student as Affidavit Reveals Grim Details in Case; Venezuelan Migrant Who Entered US Illegally Charged with Raping Teen Girl in Virginia

Migrant suspect in Laken Riley murder accused of ‘seriously disfiguring’ nursing student as affidavit reveals grim details in case:
The Venezuelan migrant charged with murdering Laken Riley allegedly beat her so brutally with an unidentified object that he disfigured her skull, according to new affidavits.
Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, who faces multiple murder and assault charges, is not thought to have known the 22-year-old nursing student when he allegedly kidnapped and killed her as she went for a run on the University of Georgia campus Thursday.
Her cause of death had only been given as blunt force trauma, with new charging documents accusing Ibarra of causing “great bodily harm with an object,” without specifying exactly what it was.
But the suspect was also charged with aggravated battery for “seriously disfiguring her body … by disfiguring her skull,” according to the affidavits shared by Fox News.
Ibarra is also charged with preventing Riley “from making or completing a 911 call” with “intent to harm” when he allegedly snatched her during her run, the affidavit says.
He then dragged Riley’s body to a secluded area, the affidavit said in support of a charge for concealing the student’s death.
The suspect faces eight charges, including felony murder, false imprisonment and kidnapping and concealing the death of another. Authorities said there is no evidence he knew Riley.
Additional details about the type of object used, or exactly how she was killed, were not included in the affidavits, which were filed in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court.
The attack took place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the documents.
Meanwhile, Athens-Clarke County DA Deborah Gonzalez announced Monday that she’s appointing a special prosecutor for the case, WANF-TV reported.
Gonzalez said she’s naming attorney Sheila Ross, whom she described as “a knowledgeable and well-respected trial attorney with the expertise ready to bring justice on behalf of Laken Riley.”
Last year, Ibarra twice slipped through the hands of law enforcement — and could have been deported after a bust in the Big Apple. --->READ MORE HERE
Venezuelan migrant who entered US illegally charged with raping teen girl in Virginia:
A Venezuelan migrant in the US illegally after being stopped — and then released — at the border five months ago has now been charged in Virginia with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Renzo Mendoza Montes, 32, was arrested last week on two felony charges for sexually assaulting an underage child, deputies in Campbell County announced.
He is facing charges of “carnal knowledge of a child without force” and “taking indecent liberties with a child.”
Authorities say Montes is a Venezuelan citizen who has been in the country illegally since he crossed the southern border into El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 2.
He was detained and released by US Customs and Border Protection, officials told Fox News.
Montes is being held without bail at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail, as deputies continue to investigate the alleged crimes.
“We are especially sensitive to the fact that these crimes involve a young juvenile who lives here within our community,” Sheriff Whit Clark said in a statement. --->READ MORE HERE
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