The man charged with the murder of his girlfriend in Harker Heights is back in jail after he was arrested on a charge of sexual assault of a child.
Matthew Stoddard, 23, was arrested by the Coryell County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. He was still the Coryell County Jail on $35,000 bond as of late Friday, according to jail records.
The sheriff's office and court officials did not immediately return calls in reference to the sexual assault charge.
Stoddard was charged with the murder of Angelica Santiago on July 10, 2016.
When police first arrived at the apartment that Santiago and Stoddard shared, “early assertions” were that the gunshot wound that Santiago died from was self-inflicted.
Stoddard told police he was in the bathroom with Santiago when she grabbed a gun and shot herself, according to the affidavit for arrest.
Further investigation by the Bell County district attorney’s office led officials to believe a murder occurred.
Stoddard posted bond and was released from the Bell County Jail April 12 after Judge John Gauntt lowered his bond amount from $1 million to $150,000, according to Chuck Cox, a deputy with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.
Stoddard previously turned himself in to police March 16 after he learned he was wanted in connection with the death of Santiago.
District Attorney Henry Garza said Oct. 10 that forensic testing was to blame for the delay in the case.
The autopsy report showed Santiago suffered two gunshot wounds, and the death was ruled a homicide.