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