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Trial underway in Gainesville fatal stabbing case
Eric Aurelio Reyes
Eric Aurelio Reyes

A jury will return this morning to hear opening statements and testimony in an alleged fatal fight at a Gainesville apartment last year.

Eric Aurelio Reyes, of Gainesville, is facing a murder charge among other counts in a Feb. 11, 2016, indictment. On Jan. 18, 2016, Reyes is accused of stabbing Evan Isaac Rosas, 22, at The Preserve at Tumbling Creek Apartments.

Gainesville Police said they found Rosas unconscious and unresponsive at the apartment complex. Rosas succumbed to his injuries at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The apartments are close to the University of North Georgia campus, but school officials said neither man was enrolled at the school.

Police said the two men knew each other, but authorities did not disclose what they believe started the fight.

During jury selection Monday, defense attorney Brett Willis and Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance asked prospective jurors about their experiences with law enforcement, weapons and apartment leasing.

The trial will resume this morning in Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver’s courtroom.

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