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Gainesville woman charged with murder in 2014 stabbing
Ofelia-Barrera-Rodriguez
Ofelia Barrera-Rodriguez

A Gainesville woman was charged Thursday with allegedly cutting the throat of another woman, according to authorities.

Ofelia Barrera-Rodriguez, 49, was arrested Thursday and charged with malice murder in alleged connection to the death of Iris Romero-Banegas, 43.

Authorities found Romero-Banegas Dec. 28 at her Hidden Knoll home in Gainesville with multiple stab wounds.

According to the warrant, Barrera-Rodriguez is accused of allegedly traveling to the victim’s home and “cutting her on and about her throat with a cutting instrument resulting in her death.”

Barrera-Rodriguez is believed to be the ex-girlfriend of Romero-Banegas’s live-in boyfriend, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Crime scene investigators collected trace DNA and transported it to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“In the last month, the GBI found a DNA match that led investigators to a suspect,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes said in a news release.

The Hall County District Attorney’s Office saw the evidence this week from investigators and obtained the arrest warrant. Barrera-Rodriguez was arrested at her home Thursday.

Authorities said Romero-Banegas was a Honduras native who had recently moved to Gainesville from Carrollton.

Barrera-Rodriguez had no prior criminal history in the Hall County Comprehensive Justice Information System. She is being held at the Hall County Jail without bond.

Barrera-Rodriguez will have a committal hearing Dec. 4.

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