NATIONAL CITY, Calif.—More investigation is needed to determine if charges will be filed against a man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his cousin during an argument at a poker game at the National City home the men shared, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office said Monday.
Officers arrested Matthew Michael Moore, 28, last Tuesday during a traffic stop near his National City home on suspicion of murder, homicide Sgt. Dennis Leach said.
The wounded man's girlfriend drove him to Paradise Valley Hospital about 2 a.m. Tuesday. Medical staff transferred him to Scripps Mercy Hospital in
San Diego, where he died from multiple stab wounds several hours later.
When she dropped Martinez off, the woman gave a false name for him, apparently in an attempt to keep him out of trouble for violating parole, according to Leach. She also falsely claimed that she had picked him up following the poker game on a Chula Vista roadside and did not know where the assault took place, the sergeant said.
Detectives eventually were able to determine Martinez's true identity and locate the woman, who was present when the fight occurred, Leach said.
Upon determining where the stabbing took place, Chula Vista police handed over the case to their counterparts in National City.
Investigators have received conflicting witness statements about how the fatal fight played out, Leach said.
Moore was expected to be released from custody pending further investigation, said District Attorney spokesman Steve Walker.