A 21-year-old local man was charged Tuesday in the weekend stabbing death of an Ardmore man.


A 21-year-old local man was charged Tuesday in the weekend stabbing death of an Ardmore man.

 

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said a charge of second-degree murder was filed against Michael Millan  in Love County District Court. Millan made an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Bond was set at $200,000.

 

Millan is charged with stabbing 21-year-old Andres R Mendoza-Garcia early Sunday at a residence located at the Northpark Apartment Complex.

 

Marietta Police Chief Paul Harris said police responded to the complex about 5:15 a.m. after receiving a call concerning a stabbing.

 

“When officers arrived they found the two (victim and assailant) still wrestling and rolling around on the ground,” Harris said Sunday afternoon.

 

Mendoza-Garcia had sustained stab wounds to the neck.

 

He was taken to Mercy Health Love County and was being airlifted to an Oklahoma City medical facility when he reportedly suffered cardiac arrest.

 

“The helicopter landed in Ardmore. He was pronounced dead at the hospital in Ardmore,” Harris said.

 

The victim’s body was sent to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office in Oklahoma City for an autopsy.

 

The chief said witnesses reported hearing loud noises and screaming beginning about 4:30 a.m.

 

Harris said he asked for assistance from the OSBI during the early stages of the investigation. However, shortly after an agent arrived on the scene it was determined the state agency would not become involved.

 

Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman said late Sunday the agency had returned the case to the Marietta Police Department.

 

“An agent came down from Oklahoma City, looked at how it had been handled — evidence collection, interviews and reports and said we didn’t need her. In fact, she said she was very pleased a small department, like ours, could handle it all correctly. It’s a real feather in our cap,” Harris said, said commending the officers who responded to the call and the Love County Sheriff’s Department for providing backup assistance.

 

Millan currently remains incarcerated at the Love County Jail pending the posting of bond and/or the outcome of the case against him. The next step in the court process is a Jan. 7  conference to determine if Millan will exercise his rights to a preliminary hearing. Court records do not indicate if Millan has retained a defense attorney.