Attorneys finalized their picks for the jury around 6 p.m. Monday in the murder trial for Ofelia Barrera-Rodriguez, who allegedly killed the girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend.
Barrera-Rodriguez, 49, of Gainesville, was charged with malice murder for allegedly stabbing Iris Romero-Banegas, 43, in 2014.
Investigators found the victim’s body on Dec. 28, 2014, at her Hidden Knoll home in Gainesville with multiple stab wounds.
Romero-Banegas’ case was considered a cold case, authorities said, but Barrera-Rodriguez was identified as a suspect in November 2015.
According to authorities, Barrera-Rodriguez was the ex-girlfriend of the victim’s live-in boyfriend.
Roughly 60 jurors were summoned to Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller’s courtroom for jury selection Monday.
Barrera-Rodriguez was assisted by interpreter Melva Mendoza and sat with attorneys Matt Leipold and Larry Duttweiler.
Court will resume at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday with opening arguments.