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Man charged with murder in crash that killed nun

The man accused of driving drunk and causing a collision that killed a nun last month was indicted by a Prince William County grand jury Tuesday on charges of felony murder, driving on a suspended license and maiming resulting from driving while intoxicated.

Carlos Martinelly-Montano, 23, was awaiting a deportation hearing after two previous drunk driving convictions in 2007 and 2008 when the accident occurred. His car swerved last month into the path of an oncoming vehicle carrying three nuns on their way to a retreat at the Benedictine Sisters Monastery in Bristow. Sister Denise Mosier, 66, was killed in the crash.

Martinelly-Montano entered the United States illegally when he was 8 years old. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have previously said that Martinelly-Montano's deportation hearing was delayed because of a backlog at ICE.

Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane, said Martinelly-Montano used an Employment Authorization Card to get his driver’s license. On Tuesday, Virginia officials said federal work permit cards can longer be used to prove someone’s legal status when obtaining driver’s licenses or identification cards in the Commonwealth.

-- Jennifer Buske

By Washington Post editors  |  September 8, 2010; 5:36 PM ET
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