The man accused of killing two local teens in a car crash last month has been identified as an illegal immigrant and will face deportation after facing murder charges in Madison County, jail officials said Friday.More than 700 people attended Tad's and Leigh Anna's funerals.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on 25-year-old Felix Dominquez Ortega, who has been in jail since his arrest.
Ortega has been charged with two counts of murder, driving without a license, possession of a forged instrument and a seatbelt violation. Police said he was apparently drunk when he fled from officers April 17 and crashed his truck into another vehicle at Whitesburg Drive and Airport Road. He killed 16-year-old Leigh Anna Jimmerson of Grissom High School and 19-year-old Tad Mattle, a recent Grissom grad. [...]
Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts said Ortega was wanted at the time of crash for an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence. Officers contacted ICE shortly after Ortega's arrest, because he provided forged identification.
It took police, jail administrators and ICE agents several weeks to determine Ortega's citizenship because of his multiple aliases. [Murder suspect here illegally, Huntsville Times, May 16, 2009]
Leigh Anna was a sophomore at Grissom High School and was part of the color guard. Tad was also involved in the band as a drummer until he graduated in May 2008. He pursued automotive repair in high school and planned to get a mechanical engineering degree at UAH. He was also an Eagle Scout and an accomplished vertical caver.