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Coral Gables High School Stabber Sentencing Postponed, Again

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(Photo Credit: CBS4) Andy Rodriguez in court during opening statements of his murder trial. He's accused of stabbing Coral Gables High School classmate Juan Carlos Rivera to death on campus in 2009.

(Photo Credit: CBS4) Andy Rodriguez in court during opening statements of his murder trial. He’s accused of stabbing Coral Gables High School classmate Juan Carlos Rivera to death on campus in 2009.

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MIAMI (CBS4) –Attorneys set the sentencing date for Andy Rodriguez, the former Coral Gables High School student who was convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of classmate Juan Carlos Rivera.

Rodriguez who faces a maximum of life in prison is set to be sentenced on November 29th at 10 a.m., attorneys for both sides agreed Monday morning.

Attorneys met before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Dava Tunis and again postponed his sentencing date, which was originally scheduled for Monday.

On August 2nd, a jury convicted Rodriguez of second-degree murder.

Rodriguez’s defense claimed self-defense in the stabbing death of Rivera. Prosecutors countered that Rodriguez killed Rivera in a jealous rage after his ex-girlfriend, Daimilsis Salgado, befriended him.

“It was a hard decision to make. You have two mothers in pain, two young men and nobody is a winner,” said juror foreperson Reva Homnick. “We all looked at the evidence and we came to the same conclusion. We all came together as a cohesive group, and we hugged at the end and felt we did the right thing.”

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