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Murder trial to start Nov. 18

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

The first-degree murder trial of a Rochester teen is set to begin in Olmsted District Court on Nov. 18.

Daniel Segura, 18, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Robert Elzy, 29, on Oct. 6, 2001. Segura has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Judge Kevin Lund told attorneys during a pre-trial hearing late Tuesday afternoon that he has allocated 18 trial days for the case, beginning Nov. 18. Pre-trial motions will be argued in the morning. Jury selection begins at 1:30 p.m. Initial group questioning of prospective jurors will be followed by individual questioning until a 14-member panel is selected.

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The first-degree murder charge alleges Segura killed Elzy with premeditation. One of the second-degree charges alleges he caused Elzy's death with intent, but without premeditation. An additional charge alleges he caused Elzy's death during the commission of another felony. If convicted of the first-degree charge, Segura faces a mandatory life prison term.

He is accused of stabbing Elzy eight times during a fight at Elzy's apartment on Marion Road in southeast Rochester.

The criminal complaint says witnesses told police that Elzy and others had been drinking beer and snorting cocaine. They said Elzy and Segura began arguing about who would be the first to smoke the cocaine. That disagreement escalated into a fight.

According to the complaint, one witness said Elzy picked up a shotgun and demanded that Segura leave the house. He did, along with another man. However, the complaint said Segura returned, banged on the door and resumed a fight with Elzy when he came outside. It was then that Elzy was stabbed, officials said.

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