Coral Gables

Jury selection to get underway in Coral Gables school stabbing

Jury selection is scheduled to get underway Monday in the trial of a Coral Gables High School student accused of stabbing a classmate to death.

Andy Rodriguez,18, is charged with second degree murder in the 2009 death of 17-year-old Juan Carlos Rivera.

Rivera was stabbed five times; the fatal wound punctured his heart, in the crowded high school’s courtyard during a break between classes on September 15th.

Defense Attorney Alexander Michaels has said in court that he plans to argue that Rodriguez acted in self-defense. Classmates have said Rodriguez was angry that Rivera had accepted rides to school from Rodriguez’s girlfriend.

In his confession, police say, Rodriguez denied having fought with Rivera because of jealousy.He told detectives he and Rivera shoved against each other as they passed in the school yard, a scuffle ensued, and he stabbed Rivera in self defense.

He told investigators he did not even know Rivera’s name.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks.