On Wednesday, Prosecutors in Indiana filed felony charges against illegal immigrant Manuel Orrego-Savala for allegedly killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe in a drunken-driving crash.
In an initial hearing on Tuesday, he appeared before a judge and through a translator reportedly denied driving the vehicle which killed Jackson and Monroe, Sunday.
“I wasn’t driving the car. I don’t know why I am here.”
In the court documents, it is alleged that a blood test conducted at a hospital with results of a 0.19 alcohol level proves him to have been intoxicated at the time of and after the crash.
Orrego-Savala, who is from Guatemala has been deported twice from the U.S in the past and was charged on Tuesday with the re-entry of a previously deported alien and on Wednesday in a separate hearing charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
Following Wednesday’s hearing, the defendant’s attorney Jorge Torres said in a statement that Orrego-Savala’s immigration status has no bearing on the crash case.
The charges relating to the drunken-crash each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.
The separate immigration charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The U.S attorney office said charges would not be pursued until after state charges are resolved.
A representative for Jackson’s family said his relatives are devastated and do not plan to respond to Trump’s tweets about the crash or comment on the suspect’s immigration status.