Suspect stands trial for grocery store killing

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A man accused of gunning down a woman outside the grocery store where she worked stood trial Tuesday.

Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt was at the Marietta courthouse where opening statements began shortly before 4 p.m. Angelica de la Rosa, 32, was shot at least five times outside the Brito Supermarket & Taqueria in December 2009. Prosecutors believe Armando Soto killed her after she repeatedly refused his advances.

“Mr. Soto was the predator who waited patiently on his prey. He waited until the time was right. He waited until she was in an unguarded moment and then, he shot her,” Cobb County District Attorney Ann Harris said in court.

A passerby who tried to intervene was also wounded in the attack, and the shooter fled. Authorities arrested Soto on his way to Mexico. He was charged with murder and aggravated assault. Police also said Soto had been stalking de la Rosa for years, but it was never reported.

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