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Jury selected for trial of Gainesville woman who allegedly killed girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend
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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.

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