Matthew Stoddard

HARKER HEIGHTS — A man wanted in connection with the death of an 18-year-old woman on July 10 surrendered to Harker Heights police Thursday, according to a news release from Sgt. Steve Miller with the police department.

Matthew Stoddard, 22, of Copperas Cove, was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Angelica Santiago. When police first arrived at the apartment that Santiago and Stoddard lived in together, “early assertions” were that the gunshot wound that Santiago died from was self-inflicted, according to the release.

Stoddard told police he was in the bathroom with Santiago when she grabbed a gun and shot herself, according to the affidavit.

Further investigation by the Bell County district attorney’s office led officials to believe a murder occurred, according to the news release.

The autopsy report showed Santiago suffered two gunshot wounds, and the death was ruled a homicide.

Stoddard was held on $1 million bond by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. He was transferred to the Bell County Jail.

Santiago was a 2015 graduate of Shoemaker High School. Stoddard is a 2013 graduate of Copperas Cove High School.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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