Georgia Student Laken Riley’s Death: Suspect Alleges ‘Skull Disfigurement’ in Shocking Affidavit

New information was announced in the case including Jose Antonio Ibarra, an undocumented person charged in the tragic death of Augusta University nursing student Laken Riley in Athens, Georgia. Recent details in the affidavit suggest that he is now being accused of altering her skull.

Ibarra faces a litany of charges, including malice murder, murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and concealing the death of another. The affidavit, filed on Feb. 23, specifies that Ibarra committed aggravated battery by maliciously causing bodily harm, particularly disfiguring Riley’s skull.

The affidavit also alleges that Ibarra concealed Riley’s death by “dragging the victim to a secluded area.” Law enforcement has not disclosed the precise details of Riley’s death, only confirming it resulted from blunt force trauma.

Riley’s roommate reported her absence after an early morning run, prompting University of Georgia police to discover her body in the woods along a trail later that afternoon.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed Ibarra’s illegal entry into the US in 2022 and his prior arrest in New York City. Ibarra had initially crossed the border illegally near El Paso, Texas, in September 2022.

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Trump Condemns ‘Border Invasion’ After Riley’s Murder

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New information was announced in the case including Jose Antonio Ibarra, an undocumented person charged in the tragic death of Augusta University nursing student Laken Riley in Athens, Georgia.

Former President Trump criticized “Biden’s border invasion,” expressing outrage over Riley’s murder. Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp called for answers from the Biden Administration regarding the suspect’s immigration status and his brother’s asylum claims.

Despite shoplifting citations and an outstanding bench warrant, Ibarra was released before a detainer could be issued, revealing challenges with immigration enforcement in “sanctuary city” New York City.

Clarke County Magistrate Judge Donarell Green denied Ibarra’s bond, emphasizing the severity of the case. Ibarra’s brother, Diego, faces separate charges and is currently in state custody.

The White House extended condolences to Riley’s family, stressing the need for accountability “to the fullest extent of the law.” Given the ongoing nature of the case, the White House directed inquiries to state law enforcement and ICE.

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