Man accused of murdering Laken Riley pleads not guilty at arraignment

Jose Ibarra is accused of killing the 22-year-old nursing student while she was jogging on the University of Georgia campus.
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Posted at 2:19 PM, May 31, 2024

The man accused of murdering nursing student Laken Riley entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment Friday.

Jose Ibarra, 26, was arrested Feb. 23 for the murder of 22-year-old Riley, who was killed while jogging on the University of Georgia campus.

An indictment charges Ibarra with 10 charges: malice murder, three counts of felony murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated assault with intent to rape, aggravated battery, obstruction or hindering a person making emergency telephone call, tampering with evidence and peeping tom.

Riley's family members were in the courtroom Friday, and her mother began to cry as Ibarra was led in, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Ibarra is accused of attempting to rape Riley, "asphyxiating her" and "seriously disfiguring her head by striking her head multiple times with a rock." A tampering with evidence charge is for allegations he disposed of his jacket and gloves to conceal the crime.

Ibarra is also accused of spying on a woman at an apartment at the UGA Village housing complex the day Riley was killed.

The judge said he expects a status conference to take place in early August.

This story was originally published by Ivy Brown at Court TV.