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Disturbing affidavit accuses suspect in Georgia nursing student’s death of 'disfiguring' her skull

Although the affidavit does not state how Riley died, it does shed light on her death.

Published: February 27, 2024 1:37pm

The illegal immigrant charged with murdering Augusta University nursing student Laken Riley is accused of kidnapping her, preventing her from calling the police, "dragging" her to a "secluded area" and "disfiguring her skull," according to an affidavit. 

Jose Antonio Ibarra, who was denied bond on Saturday, was charged with multiple felonies related to the murder of 22-year-old Riley, who went on a run last week and was found dead at the University of Georgia later that day. 

Ibarra faces a litany of charges related to her death, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, murder, concealing a death and preventing a person from calling emergency services, court records show.

Police have said Riley's body shows signs of blunt-force trauma, and although the affidavit does not state how Riley died, it does shed light on her death.

Ibarra is accused of using an "object" to attack Riley, "disfiguring her skull," per the affidavit. 

He also allegedly concealed her death "by dragging the victim to a secluded area," according to the court document.

Ibarra illegally entered the United States in 2022 and was flagged for removal, per immigration records viewed by Just the News, but he was later granted parole and provided a work permit under a Biden administration policy.

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