DNA sought from immigrant in National Football League player's death

Feb 10, 2018, 05:57
DNA sought from immigrant in National Football League player's death

He also faces federal changes of illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien, federal court records show. Authorities say the driver that struck them before dawn on Sunday tried to flee on foot but was quickly captured.

"I don't know why I'm here", Orrego-Savala said.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, a 37-year-old Guatemalan national, was twice deported from the country and was again living illegally in the USA at the time of the crash.

"The defendant in this case allegedly re-entered the country illegally for the second time before he put the public safety of Indianapolis at risk and took the lives of two innocent men early Sunday morning", said Josh J. Minkler, a USA attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

Since the campaign, Trump has regularly pointed to crimes connected to illegal immigration as evidence that the US needs to build a wall along the Mexican border and tighten immigration policies.

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Trump went on to offer condolences to Jackson's family, and called him a "wonderful young man". "We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!" he tweeted. "We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this hard time".

Orrego-Savala remains jailed in Indianapolis.

"We'll let the politicians do the politics while the family is just going to grieve and circle the wagons and try to heal from this tragic situation", Atlanta attorney Daniel Meachum said Tuesday. Court documents list his blood alcohol level at 0.19, which is more than double the state's legal limit (0.08), according to the AP.

Investigators said they believe Orrego-Savala was intoxicated at the time of the IN crash. Collectively, Orrego-Savala is facing well-over a decade in prison if he is convicted.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, a 37-year-old citizen of Guatemala, has been charged with "2 counts of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and 2 counts of drunk driving resulting in death", according to TMZ.

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A police news release did not mention the presence of anyone else in the pickup truck.

Trump was not the only GOP politician to use Jackson's death to renew calls for increased security along the southern USA border with Mexico.

"I don't think Edwin would have judged anyone on where they were from or anything else".

Republican Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita said that "the loss of life at the hands of illegal immigrant criminals should make all Hoosiers sad and ultimately angry". He questioned whether his client could get a fair trial given the local publicity about the case and his immigration issues. It's a drunk driving story. Troopers located him on the ramp to Holt Road and stopped him, at which point he reportedly admitted he was the driver of the truck.

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