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Cobb man indicted in 2008's first killing

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Cobb County man has been indicted for Gwinnett's first homicide of 2008.

Police believe Heriberto "Erick" Bonilla-Rojas, 22, of Mableton, was the trigger man in a Jan. 5 shooting outside a Norcross nightclub.

A Gwinnett Superior Court Grand Jury found sufficient evidence this week to indict Bonilla-Rojas on counts of murder and felony murder. The latter charge accuses him of committing a felony - aggravated assault - at the time of the shooting death. His arraignment is expected within a month.

The suspect was arrested by Cobb County authorities following a traffic stop Jan. 12 and was later transported to Gwinnett, police said at the time.

Bonilla-Rojas remains without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail. Jail records show he worked as a self-employed construction worker.

The victim, Rafael Anguiano Faurrieta, 29, of Lawrenceville, was gunned down outside a Jimmy Carter Boulevard night club called Los Recuerdos.

Anguiano was shot once in the face and twice in the back just after 3 a.m., according to a warrant issued for Bonilla-Rojas' arrest.

Anguiano later died at a local hospital.

Police said the victim was entering a vehicle with a 23-year-old female in the rear parking lot of the club when a man began firing shots.

The woman was unharmed.

The homicide was the first of four in January in Gwinnett, said Chief Forensic Investigator Ted Bailey.

Through the first quarter of 2008, Gwinnett is nearly on par with its record homicide pace of 50 total homicides in 2007.

Bailey said 12 homicides were recorded in the first three months of 2007. This year's tally through March 31 is 11.