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.