Suspect arrested for July 3 death

Victim was 27-year-old Sunnyvale man

Police this week arrested a Watsonville man on suspicion of murder following a three-month investigation into a suspicious death in Morgan Hill.

About 9:40pm July 3, Morgan Hill Police officers responded to the 15000 block of Concord Circle for a report of an unconscious man on the sidewalk, according to police. Officers and paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead.

The victim was identified as Curtis Stapleton, 27, of Sunnyvale.

Curtis Stapleton

Authorities from the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner/Coroner’s office also responded to the scene. Police and the medical examiner’s investigators determined the death was suspicious, and began an investigation, according to MHPD.

Police determined that Martin Mason Garcia, 30, of Watsonville, was the last person in Stapleton’s presence before his death. Garcia had been involved in a physical altercation with Stapleton before police were called to the scene, authorities said.

Martin Mason Garcia

Stapleton and the suspect were co-workers at a nearby business.

During the ensuing investigation, MHPD detectives gathered enough evidence to arrest Garcia on suspicion of killing Stapleton, according to police. A $6 million warrant was issued for Garcia, and he was arrested in Watsonville Oct. 2.

Garcia was later booked at Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of murder.

Anyone who has additional information about this incident can call MHPD at (408) 779-2101 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-7867.

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