Arrest made in February death of man in Beacon Hill area

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the February death of a man at the Beacon Hill Apartments, the Fairfax County Police announced Friday morning.

Harbison mugshot

Jerry Alan Harbison, 33, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of 36-year-old Matthew L. Watson. Harbison turned himself in last night and is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, police said.

Watson died February 27 from injuries suffered in an altercation February 21 in the 6600 block of Tower Drive (see map). Police found Watson, 36, unresponsive and suffering from life-threatening injuries caused by blunt-force trauma, police said. Watson was on life support before succumbing to his injuries, according to police.

The police announced Watson’s death on February 28, and said the case was still being investigated. The two men knew each other, according to the police.

Harbison, who lives in the 22306 zip code, has no prior arrest record in Fairfax County, according to court records.

Watson is the first homicide victim in the Richmond Highway area so far in 2019.