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Indictment Includes New Accusations About Laken Riley’s Murder

Laken Riley

Prosecutors added several new charges Tuesday against the man accused of killing Athens nursing student Laken Riley in February, including aggravated assault with intent to rape.

Jose Antonio Ibarra was arrested Feb. 23 on murder and other charges, the day after Riley’s body was found off a trail at the UGA Intramural Fields, where she had gone jogging.

According to an indictment filed Tuesday in Western Circuit Superior Court, Ibarra “[pulled] up articles of her clothing with the intent of having carnal knowledge of her forcibly and against her will.”

The indictment also states that Ibarra choked Riley and repeatedly struck her head with a rock.

In another new charge, prosecutors accused Ibarra of tampering with evidence by concealing a jacket and gloves.

On the same day that Riley was murdered, Ibarra also spied on a student at University Village Housing by looking into her window, according to the indictment, resulting in a peeping tom charge.

The indictment consists of 10 counts against Ibarra. The others are malice murder (intentionally killing someone), felony murder (murder committed along with another felony), aggravated battery, kidnapping with bodily injury and obstructing or hindering an emergency phone call.

Ibarra has not entered a plea on the charges. He is currently being held at the Athens-Clarke County Jail without bond. A timetable for a trial has not been set.