Prosecutor charges suspect in National Football League player's death, criticizes Trump

President Trump tweeted about Jackson's death early Tuesday, writing, "So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, who is from Guatemala and has twice been deported from the USA, is charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. State Police said Monday that he's a citizen of Guatemala who gave officers a fake name when he was arrested following the pre-dawn crash.

"According to court documents and jail information, Alex Cabrera Gonsales is the same person as Manuel Orrego-Savala, the man now in custody in Marion County for allegedly causing Sunday's crash", Meyer said, according to WBIC Indianapolis.

Monroe, a ride-share driver, had stopped his 2018 Lincoln on the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis because Jackson, his passenger, had become ill, according to state police. I think of him dealing with those kids away from football.

A Guatemalan man living illegally in the US said little as he faced a judge after being charged in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver.

Meyer says he is working with Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry about opening an investigation into possible identity crimes Orrego-Savla may have committed while living in Indiana.

He was set to appear in court again on Wednesday.

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His defense attorney, Jorge Torres, said Orrego-Savala's immigration status has no bearing on the drunken-driving case.

Jackson and another man, 54-year-old Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, were killed on an Interstate highway when they were hit by a pickup truck. 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. He had been deported in 2007 and 2009 and was living in the USA illegally, according to investigators. He also faces federal changes of illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien, federal court records show.

US President Donald Trump has used the death of an NFL footballer allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant to ramp up pressure on the Democrats to support his border policies.

Ryan Mears is chief trial deputy for the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

"We are disheartened that ghoulish and inappropriate public commentary has politicized this tragedy", the Democratic prosecutor said in a statement. Monroe and Jackson were pronounced dead at the scene. "We will simply seek justice on behalf of the families of those two victims".

The deaths of Jackson and Monroe come about two months after a California jury acquitted a Mexican man in the fatal July 2015 shooting of a woman on a San Francisco pier - a death that touched off a fierce national immigration debate. The attorney noted his client has been living and doing construction work in the Indianapolis area for several years.

"My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken", Trump also 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".


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