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Gainesville man gets life in prison for West Avenue slaying
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Attorney Dan Sammons and client Hector Alejandro Bautista listen in Hall County Superior Court Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, during closing arguments in Bautista's murder trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. - photo by Scott Rogers

A Gainesville man was convicted by a jury Thursday afternoon in the West Avenue fatal shooting in November 2014.

Hector Bautista was found guilty on charges of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault. The jury also found him guilty on the lesser-included offense of voluntary manslaughter, which was originally charged as malice murder. Bautista was sentenced to life in prison.

The case centered around the death of Daniel Cornejo, 21, of Gainesville, who was shot Nov. 19, 2014, outside of his West Avenue apartment in Gainesville.

Bautista’s co-defendant, David Olivas, has not been apprehended.

Assistant District Attorney Bill Akins said he was “glad that we got some justice for Daniel Cornejo.”

Defense attorney Dan Sammons said there would likely be an appeal.

“I was amazed given the evidence, and I was further amazed given the length of time it took them to do it,” he said following the verdict.

Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver gave instructions to the jurors around 11:30 a.m. Thursday before they entered deliberations. They reached a verdict just before 1 p.m., according to court officials.

The state brought in the first pair of witnesses, Laura and Jose Rivas, around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

Bautista was with Grecia Diaz on Nov. 19, 2014, when they picked up Olivas.

“David Olivas was upset about something, and the decision was made to drive over to Daniel’s home,” Akins said Wednesday during his opening statement.

When they arrived in the neighborhood, Diaz testified Wednesday she stayed behind while Bautista and Olivas went to Cornejo’s apartment, saying she heard fighting and later a gunshot.

Diaz testified that Bautista told her that Olivas shot Cornejo.

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