WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A Mexican man who was deported while on bail awaiting trial in Wichita for unlawful re-entry is not getting another chance for freedom during his latest legal troubles.
The defense attorney for Juan Lopez-Morales waived his rights Friday to a detention hearing, saying his client is now serving an 18-month sentence in a Texas illegal re-entry case. His attorney says even without that, it would have been difficult to get him bond again.
Prosecutors contend their case against Lopez-Morales highlights problems that arise when immigrants who are illegally living in the U.S. are granted bail in criminal cases.
After posting bond, Lopez-Morales was transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and removed because of an outstanding deportation order.
The 41-year-old was indicted in Kansas on illegal re-entry.