INDIANAPOLIS, Ind– The man accused of killing Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and a Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe appeared briefly in court this morning.
Manuel Orrego-Savala told the judge through an interpreter, “I don’t know why I’m here. I wasn’t driving that car.”
During the court hearing, the judge referred to him as Alex Cabrera, which is the alias he originally gave state police.
Now prosecutors are trying to determine his exact identity and the charges he will face.
“This is a fairly complex investigation. There are a number of factors involved. You have two different individuals who lost their lives during the course of this incident. So we’re trying to put together all the physical evidence and what took place in terms of the crash,” Marion County Chief Trial Deputy Ryan Mears.
Indiana State Police said Orrego-Savala, an undocumented immigrant who is in the country illegally, had been deported in both 2007 and 2009. According to ICE, Orrego-Savala was convicted in 2005 for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California. Additionally, he was charged with driving without a license last year in Boone County.
Officials say he was driving drunk and without a license when he struck Jackson and Monroe along I-70 Sunday morning.
FOX 59 reached out to immigration defense attorney Sarah Burrow to discuss what happens next in case where a suspect faces both local charges and possible action by ICE.
“In this particular case there is a lot of pressure to see justice carried forth,” Burrow said. “A tragedy like this and a case that is so public like this is rare in Marion county and I think it’s rare nationwide, thankfully. I think that it will be ICE’s decision if they are going to administratively remove him or if he will go through the criminal process here. I’ve seen both cases happen.”
A spokesperson for ICE said Tuesday they are still waiting to see what the final decision will be.
The initial hearing for Orrego-Savala is set for Wednesday morning at 8:30.