Fatal stabbing trial slated next week

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A jury trial is slated next week for a Norcross man accused of plunging a knife into an acquaintance more than 30 times last year.

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the murder trial of Marcus Dewayne Huff, accused of killing 42-year-old Daniel Aftowski last February, a prosecutor said.

Aftowski was found stabbed to death and partially covered up in his Arbor Drive apartment near Duluth. Police have said the killing resulted from a dispute that escalated out of control.

Senior Assistant District Attorney John Warr said Thursday he expects the trial to be relatively brief, with less than 10 witnesses called by the state. Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor will preside.

Huff was indicted last year on counts of felony murder, murder and aggravated assault.

Officers discovered Aftowski's body while performing a welfare check at his apartment. Authorities have hinted that the two men knew each other and that Huff didn't immediately leave the apartment after the killing.

Huff was on the run for several weeks before turning himself in to an off-duty DeKalb County police officer in March last year. He was indicted on counts of felony murder, murder and aggravated assault.