WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — More details emerge about three people arrested in connection to a murder that occurred over the weekend on Brown Street.
WFPD officers responded to 2100 Brown Street on Saturday, May 21 around 12:20 p.m. to investigate a deceased person.
Officers discovered Zachary Wood, 23, of Wichita Falls who they said, appeared to have been murdered.
WFPD Crimes Against Persons detectives took over the case and interviewed Payton Collier, 27, who confessed to being involved in the murder and named two other suspects according to the arrest affidavit.
Detectives and officers began their search for Ronnie Lang, 18, and William Bell, 28, both from Wichita Falls.
Detectives found both Lang and Bell and interviewed them on May 23. Both confessed to their involvement in the assault and homicide of Zachary Wood.
WFPD sergeant Charlie Eipper said the suspects knew the victim and the murder happened because of an alleged theft by the victim.
“There was something that the victim, Zachary Wood, was accused of taking from one of the suspects so that is what it was all about. So, it turned into an assault and then eventually he died from it,” Eipper said.
One arrest affidavit filed Tuesday morning details that Wood was beaten up by Payton’s boyfriend, Ronnie Lang, as well as Bell.
Collier also said a bat was used in addition to hands and feet. Police said Bell claimed only Lang used the bat, and that Collier also took part.
Investigators also confirm the home was ransacked, and that there was blood in multiple rooms.
Both Collier and Bell were charged with murder and their bonds total $1,000,000.
Whereas Lang was charged with aggravated assault and murder and his bond totals $1,200,000.
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