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UPDATE: Federal detainer placed against suspect accused of hitting, killing girls

Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 4:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2016 at 7:20 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man charged in connection with the deaths of two girls in Jeffersontown made his first appearance before a judge.

Juan Carlos Ortega-Santos, 26, is charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Alena Clay, 10, and Tyeisha Lacy, 16.

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The girls and two other juveniles were in the bike lane in the 9300 block of Taylorsville Road around 9:45 p.m. June 21 when Ortega-Santos' car veered into the lane and struck them.

Ortega-Santos told police that he didn't know what he had it, but Chief Ken Hatmaker of the Jeffersontown Police Department said the surviving witnesses told police that Ortega-Santos looked back at the scene and and left. He was stopped by police a short distance away.

Bond for Ortega-Santos was set at $250,000 cash and his next court date was set for July 5. A public defender was appointed to represent him. Should he post the bond, Ortega-Santos would not be released because he is also being held on a federal detainer for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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