Prattville murder suspect is in country illegally

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - The man suspected of stabbing a Prattville woman to death is in this country illegally, says State Senator Bryan Taylor.

U.S. Marshals arrested 32-year-old Romer Gonzales Jimenez, a.k.a. Jose Luiz Jimenez, for the stabbing death of Margarita Gonzales-Perez on Wednesday, October 5. Senator Taylor says the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that Jimenez is in the country illegally.

"Mr. Jimenez is charged with brutally murdering a woman while their children were asleep in the next room" said Taylor. "He will be prosecuted for murder, as he should be, but if Federal immigration law were enforced, he would never have been here to begin with."

Taylor also added he is working to confirm reports that Jimenez may have been deported in the past and has returned to Alabama several times.

Jimenez is being held at the Autauga Metro Jail with no bond.