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Jury to hear opening arguments Oct. 16 in officer assault case
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Jury selection started Monday, Oct. 15, for a Gainesville man accused of pointing a gun at two Gainesville Police officers in November.

Marcos Garcia-Tovar is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Garcia-Tovar and Rodriguez, 21, were accused in a December indictment of pointing a gun at officer Francisco Leyva and shooting at officer Stephen Boykin near the Athens Street Burger King.

Rodriguez was sentenced to 25 years in prison after a plea and sentencing hearing Thursday, Oct. 11. She pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

In Rodriguez’s apology read at the sentencing, she said she never intended to shoot the officers.

Officers were originally dispatched Nov. 17 after a 911 caller told authorities a man was dragging a woman down the road. The two were arguing when Rodriguez said he got physically aggressive.

“When the police officer tried to arrest my boyfriend, I panicked. As they were fighting, my boyfriend was screaming, ‘My leg. You’re hurting my leg.’ I heard him screaming for me to help, so I did,” Rodriguez wrote in the letter.

During jury selection, prospective jurors were asked about gun ownership, experiences with firearms and any previous interactions with 911. 

Reporter Megan Reed contributed to this report.

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