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Investigator details 2014 fatal West Avenue shooting
Hector Bautista
Hector Bautista

More than two years since a fatal West Avenue shooting, one suspect appeared in Magistrate Court for a hearing Monday.

Hector Alejandro Bautista, 21, of Gainesville, was charged with felony murder in alleged connection with Daniel Cornejo’s death. Cornejo, 21, of Gainesville, was shot on West Avenue on Nov. 19, 2014.

Investigator Stephen Johnson said when he arrived at the scene around 11 p.m., Cornejo had already been taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and had succumbed from his injuries.

Cornejo’s relative said he was inside the apartment when he heard the gunshot, recognizing Bautista and another person running away.

The witness told Johnson that Bautista and Cornejo had been in some sort of argument earlier that day.

Witnesses told police of a Ford Mustang leaving the scene, which led authorities to Bautista, David Olivas of Doraville and a third woman.

The woman told Johnson about Bautista driving over to West Avenue after picking up Olivas.

She stayed with the car and heard punches and a gunshot, seeing Bautista running back to the car.

“She said that Mr. Bautista made mention that David had shot,” Johnson said.

Olivas still has an active warrant, according to police.

Bautista was wanted on the felony murder warrant and was extradited last month from Mexico.

Bautista declined to talk to Johnson.

Bautista’s attorney Dan Sammons argued there was insufficient probable cause or evidence to show his client had advanced knowledge or involvement in Cornejo’s death.

The judge ruled that the state had met the burden of proof and moved the case on to Superior Court.

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