POLICE: Georgia Nursing Student Murder Suspect is Venezuelan Illegal Immigrant, Crossed Southern Border in 2022

By  //  February 24, 2024

Ibarra charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping

The suspect charged in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old Georgia nursing student has been confirmed as an illegal immigrant originally from Venezuela, Fox News Digital has learned. 26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra, the suspect charged in the murder of nursing student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus, is a Venezuelan national who crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was released into the U.S. via parole, three ICE & DHS sources told Fox News. (Clarke County Sheriff’s Office image)

POLICE: Ibarra originally crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas, in September 2022

(FOXNEWS.COM) – The suspect charged in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old Georgia nursing student has been confirmed as an illegal immigrant originally from Venezuela, Fox News Digital has learned.

26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra, the suspect charged in the murder of nursing student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus, is a Venezuelan national who crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was released into the U.S. via parole, three ICE & DHS sources told Fox News.

ICE does not currently have an official comment on the situation.

Ibarra was taken into custody by UGA police on Friday. He measures 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 170 pounds, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department’s booking sheet. Laken measured 5 feet 4 inches, weighing 115 pounds, according to a UGA Police Department report.

Police have charged Ibarra with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another, UGA Police Chief Jeffrey L. Clark said during a news briefing Friday evening. Jose Ibarra, who was originally taken into custody on Friday by the UGA Police Department in connection with Riley’s death, is now not believed to have had a connection to the victim.

Ibarra appeared in court on Saturday morning, where Clarke County Magistrate Judge Donarell Green denied his bond “for today.” Two translators were present. Ibarra nodded when spoken to.

Riley, an Augusta University nursing student, was found dead Thursday after previously attending UGA before entering a nursing program at Augusta’s Athens campus, where she made the Dean’s List.

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