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Federal charges filed against undocumented immigrant in NFL player’s death

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The immigrant accused in the death of an NFL player in a fatal car accident, who resides in the United States illegally, is now facing federal immigration charges.

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The Justice Department announced late Tuesday that it has charged 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Zavala with illegally re-entering the U.S. after two prior deportations.

Orrego-Zavala is accused of hitting Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, and his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54, while driving drunk on a highway early Sunday morning.

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Indianapolis State Police revealed shortly after the accident that Orrego-Zavala, a Guatemalan citizen, is in the country illegally and that he had been deported from the U.S. twice – once in 2007 and again in 2009. He has a prior conviction for driving under the influence in California.

Orrego-Zavala has not yet been formally charged in the crash that killed Jackson and Monroe, but is due for an initial court appearance on Wednesday, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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