Police Say a Dallas Man Was Murdered After He Refused to Buy Bad Weed in Denny's Bathroom

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A week before Christmas, Cedric Dewayne Caddell, Jr. and a friend went to the Denny's at Stemmons Freeway and Walnut Hill. Their goal: to score some weed. To that end, Caddell had gotten in touch with a dealer, later identified by police as 20-year-old Dangelo Dewayne Wilhite, who showed up with three other men in a dark gray SUV.

Wilhite took Caddell into the Denny's bathroom to show him the marijuana. Caddell was not impressed. When they came back to his car, Caddell told his friend that the weed was shit and that the deal was off.

Wilhite was pissed, but he took the bag of marijuana and got into the front passenger seat of the SUV. Caddell got into the passenger seat of his own car, his friend behind the wheel, and they pulled out the parking lot and headed west on Walnut Hill.

The SUV stayed close behind as Caddell and his friend turned right on Goodnight Lane, a little-used stretch of road, unlighted and lined with brush. Wilhite and crew pulled alongside and strafed the car with bullets, then pulled in front and slammed on the brakes.

Caddell's friend threw the car into reverse to get away only to find that two of the dealers were on foot behind them, running forward with guns blazing. He eventually managed to get the car back to Walnut Hill and onto Stemmons Freeway, but not before he took a bullet in the ankle and Caddell took several times in his upper body.

Wilhite's SUV tailed the bullet-ridden car for five miles until Caddell's friend pulled off the highway and into a well-lit McDonald's parking lot at 7233 John Carpenter Freeway. The friend turned to find Caddell slumped over in the passenger seat, dead.

Police tracked Wilhite through phone records. He had made 17 calls and texts setting up the December 18 weed buy from a cell phone registered in his name. He was arrested yesterday after Caddell's friend picked him out of a lineup. He's in Dallas County jail on a murder charge with a $250,000 bond.


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35 comments
TexMarine
TexMarine

He drove right into an ambush. The only thing he could have done to help out the murderers even more than he did, would be to continue west on Walnut Hill right into a dead end.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I guess in my attempt to be brief and sarcastic (as I was posting using my phone) it appears that my question and intent was unclear. Therefore, please allow me to rephrase.

Mr. Nicholson,

Are you aware of the reason or reasons for the two month delay in the Dallas Police Department securing an arrest in this case? Concerned citizens such as myself might incorrectly infer that this case was not given a high priority. Based on the information in your article, it appears that the Department was able to obtain his identity through the mobile phone registered in his name. I am assuming (not based on information in this article or any other reports, but rather just my opinion) that possibly he was in hiding or the phone records did not list a current address. Please let me know if my assumptions are true or not.

Thank you in advance for any additional details which might become available.

Your friend, Rumpunch1

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Just think.  If Mary Jane were legal, this would not have taken place.

monstruss
monstruss

All of that drama, over gross weed. 

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

So it takes two months to arrest someone who used a cell phone in their own name?  I can only assume that he was in hiding or does murder not have the priority it used to?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Nothing good happens at Denny's.

arthurposter
arthurposter

@Rumpunch1 , et al.

As any regular viewer of The First 48 should know, 6-8 weeks is about the average time for acquiring cell phone records.  

My baseless supposition is that the the length of time is so long due to phone companies responding to double-secret FBI "National Security Letters," which you're not allowed to know about so don't ask. 

monstruss
monstruss

@Montemalone Nothing good happens after Denny's either, unless you're a fan of the bubble guts. 

bvckvsistotallysmrt
bvckvsistotallysmrt

@bvckvs @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Yes, because smoking weed is totally on the same level as rape... You should really educate yourself before making ignorant analogies. The only victims involved in legalized weed are gas station food and shitty couches/televisions.

Mervis
Mervis

Oh Myrna, that pop reference went right over your head.

James080
James080

@GuitarPlayer@James080 

It was never my intention to pick a fight, I just figured you had some additional information on the delay in the arrest or you wouldn't have mouthed off the way you did.

There is always more to the stroy than what appears in any report. In the absence of adequate information, people either ask questions or draw their own conclusions based on reported facts. What is the harm in asking the question about the handling of the case? Isn't that the point of this blog to a large extent?

The answer to Rumpunch1's question may be that it took two moths to track the SUV, check traffic cams and access Wilhite's phone records.


GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@James080

"If you have any information that would flesh out why there was a sixty day delay in arresting an alleged murderer, I would be interested in reading your response."

Really? I feel all important and shit. My point was that nobody reading the article KNOWS the whole story as to why it took 2 months. Including me. I'm not the one making baseless assumptions.

And if you think Rumpunch has a point you are just as much of a dumb ass as them.



James080
James080

@GuitarPlayer@James080 

I wasn't asking Rumpunch1, I was asking you.

If you have any information that would flesh out why there was a sixty day delay in arresting an alleged murderer, I would be interested in reading your response.

Otherwise, Rumpunch1 seems to have raised a reasonable question.  

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@James080   

Don't ask Rumpunch1. Drawing conclusions that murder isn't a top priority with the DPD seems to be that dumbass's main role here.


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