MOUNTAIN VIEW – A 70-year-old Stockton man has been arrested in connection with the shooting and killing of a man in Mountain View more than 20 years ago, police said.
The victim, 20-year-old Michael Wallace, was standing outside his cell at a work furlough center at 590 East Middlefield Road at around 10 p.m. on April 27, 2000, when a single shot passed through a glass window in front of the facility and hit him in the chest. struck in the U.S., the Mountain View Police Department said in a statement Thursday.
Police said the centre, which was dismantled in 2011, was a place where convicted criminals could serve their sentences, but they could go to work and take care of personal matters during the day.
Police said the shooting may have been the result of mistaken identity. In the months that followed, detectives learned that a furlough employee, Charles Morris, was harassed by another employee, who they believed was a worker on the night Wallace was shot. Was. A witness recalled seeing Morris and the employee in a confrontation before the shooting.
Police said the employee was not at the facility on the night of the shooting, but another person was present who was similar in appearance. The man was standing in the lobby of the building while Wallace was standing in the bottom of the adjacent hallway.
Police said detectives were unable to develop enough evidence to proceed with the investigation, and the case eventually went cold.
In 2019, detectives re-examined the case and potential suspect Morris, police said.
“During thousands of hours of investigation, detectives obtained additional evidence consistent with Mr. Morris’s involvement in this crime,” police said in a statement.
The case was presented to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, which filed a murder charge against Morris.
Police arrested Morris on Wednesday from his home in Stockton. According to online prison records, he is being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.
“I remember this case very well – I was a detective at the time and assisted with this investigation,” Mountain View Police Chief Chris Heung said in the statement. “It’s unbelievable to see the hard work and dedication brought about getting closer to the Wallace family over the years.”