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OKC man charged in fatal apartment stabbing

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More than nine months after an apartment maintenance worker was killed in a stabbing, a suspect has been charged in his death.

Juan Carlos Santos-Garcia, 27, of Oklahoma City, was charged Friday with first-degree murder. Prosecutors added an alternative charge that would give jurors the option at trial to consider a conviction of first-degree manslaughter.

Oklahoma City police found Oscar Osorio-Castaneda, 62, dead in his residence June 29 at the Ashley Park Apartments, 2603 SW 74, where he worked as a maintenance employee, according to a court affidavit.

Detectives learned the victim’s Ford F-150 pickup was missing from the scene. The pickup was found abandoned 11 days later in Dekalb County, Georgia.

Police established Santos-Garcia as a suspect after he matched fingerprints found at the crime scene and in the victim’s vehicle, according to the affidavit. Detectives reported they believe Santos-Garcia was the only person with Osorio-Castaneda at the time of the homicide.

Court records state Santos-Garcia stabbed the victim with a knife “while resisting an attempt by Oscar Osorio-Castaneda to commit a crime or after such attempt was failed.” The court affidavit doesn't describe the events that led up to the stabbing.

Nuria Martinez-Keel

Nuria Martinez-Keel joined The Oklahoman as a court reporter in 2019. She found a home at the newspaper while interning in summer 2016 and 2017. Nuria returned to The Oklahoman for a third time after working a year and a half at the Sedalia... Read more ›

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