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Trial of two men in UC Berkeley student slaying opens in SF Court

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The trial of two men charged with the stabbing death of a 25-year-old UC Berkeley student opened Monday morning in San Francisco Superior Court.

Casey Bissell died when he was stabbed in the heart one night last December while out drinking with friends in the Mission.

Jurors heard opening arguments from attorneys in the case of Andres Novelo and Josue Chan-Perez, two men charged with the slaying.

Bissell was visiting friends in The City to celebrate his acceptance to UC Berkeley when his path collided with those of Novelo and Chan-Perez outside of a pizza restaurant near Valencia and 16th streets.

After a scuffle between Novelo, Bissell’s friends and bystanders, Bissell and his group walked away, video evidence showed. Novelo then appeared to follow them, with Chan-Perez behind, to 18th Street.

Novelo then allegedly pulled out a knife, cut one of Bissell’s friends across the abdomen and stabbed Bissell multiple times.

Novelo is charged with murder, attempted murder and three counts of assault.

Chan-Perez faces a second degree murder charge for aiding and abetting.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Look here, and in Tuesday’s San Francisco Examiner, for more on the trial.

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