Murder trial begins for former Arlington High School student accused in fatal stabbing

Nestor Ortiz-Ocampo is facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Quraan Smith.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2023, 10:00 AM

Updated 304 days ago

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Opening statements began Monday in the murder trial of the 18-year-old accused of fatally stabbing a high school student.
Nestor Ortiz-Ocampo is facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Quraan Smith. Smith was killed in September 2021 after a football game at Arlington High School.
Nestor Ortiz-ocampo -- a former Arlington student -- was charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.
"We need the case to really be clarified, and show the people the truth of what happened that day," said Everton Smith, Quraan Smith's father.
Prosecutors say Ortiz-Ocampo, 19, got into a fight in the bleachers which led to a melee in the parking lot. They say he was restrained by a Dutchess County deputy during the brawl, but he broke free and then stabbed Smith.
"Hopefully everything comes out to the light," added Smith.
Ortiz-Ocampo's lawyers argued he was trying to get away from the brawl when Smith charged at him, and that he swung his knife in self-defense.
The trial resumes Tuesday where testimony from deputies who broke up the brawl will be heard along with cellphone video of the incident from several angles.
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