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Man charged with murder of girlfriend now in jail for sexual assault of child

Matthew Stoddard (Source: Coryell County Jail) Matthew Stoddard (Source: Coryell County Jail)
(Source: Harker Heights Police) (Source: Harker Heights Police)
HARKER HEIGHTS, TX (KXXV) -

On Thursday night, a man who was charged with the murder in early 2017 has now been arrested for sexual assault of a child.

Matthew Stoddard, 22, was booked into the Coryell County jail around 11:30 p.m. 

In March, Stoddard turned himself into police in connection with the murder that happened in 2016. 

Stoddard is charged with the murder of Angelica Santiago, 18. Stoddard is the son of a Copperas Cove patrol lieutenant.

Harker Heights police responded to an apartment on the 1400 block of Hopi Trail on Jul 10, 2016, on a medical call. 

The arrest affidavit said that Officer Valdez found Stoddard in the bathroom. Stoddard told the officer that his girlfriend was in the bathroom. 

The officer entered the bathroom and found Santiago on the bathroom floor in a large pool of blood. The officer said that there was a firearm a few feet away from her body. 

Stoddard told police that he was in the bathroom when his girlfriend grabbed the gun, put it to her head and shot herself. 

However, the investigation and review from the Bell County District Attorney's Office found that there was probable cause that a murder had occurred. Santiago had suffered two gunshot wounds to the head.

Stoddard was arraigned and has a $1 million bond.

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