Grand Jury Indicts Jose Ibarra in Murder of UGA Student Laken Riley

May 10, 2024
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The Gist: The Athens-Clarke County Grand Jury indicted Jose Ibarra on multiple charges, including malice murder, in the death of University of Georgia student Laken Riley.

What’s Happening: Jose Ibarra faces numerous charges, including malice murder, felony murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated assault with intent to rape, and tampering with evidence.

Between the Lines:

  • Laken Riley, a UGA student, was killed while out for a run on the UGA campus. Ibarra, the suspect in her killing is an illegal immigrant, which has added an additional layer to the crime.

Catch Up Quick:

  • Laken Riley’s murder sent shockwaves through the UGA community, prompting calls for increased campus safety measures and support for students.
  • Jose Ibarra was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene.


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