DNA sample sought in 2012 Edmond homicide

A suspect's DNA sample is sought in 2012 Edmond homicide of a Honduras man whose body was found along Interstate 35. Edgardo Garcia, 23, is the suspect and remains in the Oklahoma County jail without bail.
by Matt Dinger Modified: January 7, 2014 at 8:31 pm •  Published: January 8, 2014

A search warrant for a 23-year-old man's DNA is being sought in connection with the 2012 stabbing death of a Honduras man whose body was found along Interstate 35.

Edgardo Garcia's DNA is sought by Edmond police in connection with the death of Leopoldo Mejia. His body was found with stab wounds to the neck and chest early Dec. 1, 2012, court records show.

Mejia, who is also known as Jose Mejia-Serrano and Jose Ramirez, was found on the shoulder of Interstate 35 between Danforth and Covell roads. The lower half of his body was wrapped in a black plastic bag. There was little blood at the scene, leading investigators to think he was killed elsewhere, according to the warrant.

A man whose sons were living with Mejia told authorities that Garcia, along with Victor Manuel Santamaria-Garcia and Miguel Santamaria-Garcia, stabbed Mejia to death after the four got into a drunken argument at the apartment they shared.

Another witness told investigators that he saw blood stains on the side of Garcia's foot and blood on the cushions inside his van at an Oklahoma City home on the day Mejia's body was found.

Garcia, who was interviewed in a Miami jail in February 2012, told investigators that Mejia attempted to stab him, but was halted by Victor Manuel Santamaria-Garcia, who dragged Mejia outside and stabbed him, records show.

In April 2013, DNA samples were matched with Victor Manuel Santamaria-Garcia and Miguel Santamaria-Garcia, the warrant states. All three men were charged with first-degree murder in April 2013, court records show.

Garcia remains without bail in the Oklahoma County jail.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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