Man arrested in Laken Riley murder indicted, accused of ‘peeping’ on UGA staff member on same day

ATHENS, Ga. — The man accused of killing a nursing student jogging on a trail at the University of Georgia earlier this year has been indicted by a grand jury on ten charges.

One of those charges stems from a separate “Peeping Tom” incident involving a UGA staff member on the same day.

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Laken Riley, 22 was found beaten to death on Feb. 22. A Venezuelan immigrant, Jose Ibarra, was arrested and charged with her murder.


According to the new documents filed Tuesday, Ibarra is now also charged with spying on a University of Georgia staff member. The indictment accuses him of going to an apartment at University Village Housing Building “S” and peeping through the window at the woman on the same day he is accused of killing Riley.

The documents did not indicate if the peeping incident took place before Riley was killed.

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The documents also charge Ibarra with asphyxiating Riley along with inflicting blunt force trauma to her head.

Ibarra was initially charged with seven counts: malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another.

The new indictment adds three charges including aggravated assault with attempt to rape, tampering with evidence and peeping Tom.

The tampering with evidence charge accuses him of hiding a jacket and gloves to attempt to keep him from getting caught.

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