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Lompoc man charged with murder in death of Army soldier

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 20:37:40-04

A Lompoc man has been charged with murder in the death of an Army soldier last year.

On Friday, police arrested Walter Morales Jr., 26, after serving an arrest warrant at a home in Santa Maria.

He had been wanted since September of 2019 after being identified by police as a suspect in the death of Marlon Brumfield.

Brumfield, 22, was visiting his family in Lompoc while on leave from the Army when he was found shot to death near the intersection of A Street and Ocean Street on September 8, 2019.

Another suspect in the case, Francisco Gutierrez-Ortega, turned himself in later that month and was also charged with murder.

On July 13, police announced that Morales had been spotted in Lompoc over the previous weekend and was suspected in two additional shootings. No major injuries were reported in those shootings.

In the Brumfield case, Morales faces special allegations of street terrorism and personal use of a firearm.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Maria Superior Court on Tuesday, July 21.