Suspect in Vanessa Marcotte murder is not an illegal immigrant, lawyer says

LEOMINSTER, MA (WHDH) - Court paperwork revealed that the man arrested in connection with the death of Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte is a former Fed Ex driver who lived in Worcester.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, was born in Puerto Rico and is a United States citizen, according to the paperwork.

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Defense attorney Ed Ryan said he’s heard speculation that his client is an illegal immigrant and he was glad to shoot that down Tuesday.

“Mr. Colon Ortiz is a United States citizen,” Ryan said. “He’s been living in Massachusetts for about a year.”

Ryan said his client came to the United States and Worcester seeking a better life. He said he does not know why some are saying his client is living in the country illegally.

Court papers also indicate Colon-Ortiz has one dependent, but Ryan says his client has a wife and three children that he’s supporting.

Ryan said Colon-Ortiz has never been in trouble before.

“He’s got absolutely no criminal history whatsoever,” Ryan said.

Colon-Ortiz speaks little to no English, according to Ryan. Ryan said he was somehow able to overcome the language barrier at his Fed Ex job with help from co-workers.

Colon-Ortiz was ordered held on $10 million bail. He is slated to return to court on May 24.

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