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Man surrenders to police after warrant issued for murder of woman

(Source: Harker Heights Police) (Source: Harker Heights Police)
HARKER HEIGHTS, TX (KXXV) -

A man turned himself into police Thursday afternoon in connection to a murder that happened in 2016. 

Matthew Stoddard, 22, is charged in 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 in 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. He is currently at the Bell County Jail.

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