A person was killed in Laguna Niguel, and Orange County Sheriff's deputies have detained a person of interest in the slaying, authorities said Monday. Photo via OnScene.TV.
A person was killed in Laguna Niguel, and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies have detained a person of interest in the slaying, authorities said Monday. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A 59-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested Monday on suspicion of killing another man Sunday night.

Steve Richard Gilbert was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held on $1 million bail, according to Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Stichter.

Gilbert was accused of killing Thomas Robert Marston, 53, of Laguna Niguel, Stichter said.

Marston sustained what appears to be a stab wound in a dispute with Gilbert, Stichter said. The two had gotten into some sort of argument, but it was not immediately clear what prompted it, Stichter said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an unconscious man at 9:54 p.m. Sunday in the 29000 block of Palo Drive, Stichter said. When they arrived they found Marston, who was rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

Gilbert was quickly identified as a possible suspect and was arrested driving his vehicle in Mission Viejo, Stichter said.

—City News Service

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