WFPD arrests three suspects in capital murder case

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Three capital murder suspects have been arrested in the October murder of Eddie Donte Hill, 41.

Anthony Beamon, 35, and 25-year -old Autumn Cummings, 25, were picked up around 1 p.m. Wednesday coming out of a store in the 2700 block of Iowa Park Road.

Tyrone Smith, 30, was arrested in the 1800 block of Las Cruces around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

All are jailed for capital murder with a $500,000 bonds.

Police officers said the charge is capital murder because a burglary occurred in addition to the murder.

According to Smith’s arrest warrant, police officers arrived at an apartment Warford on Oct. 26 at 3:30 a.m. and found a woman doing chest compressions on Hill who had been shot in the head. He was pronounced dead later at the hospital.

The woman said three people kicked in the door and a single gunshot was fired.

According to an unnamed source, the three suspects went to the apartment to rob the woman of drugs and money.

The source said Smith drove the car and kicked in the door and was confronted by hill when Smith shot him in the head.

Smith and Cummings then fled in the car with an unnamed witness and Beamon ran away on foot.

Officers said they have video evidence from a nearby store camera.

They also said Smith gave a statement that coincided with the woman’s account.

Wichita Falls detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip as well which along with their investigation helped lead to the arrests.

“I believe that it’s actually one of the premier programs not only in the state but in the country, but I think it has everything to do with,” WFPD Sgt. Harold McClure said. “You hear that tag line all the time- the public the police and the media and the community coming together and absolutely that’s what happened here.”

Eddie Donte Hill was raised in Wichita Falls and graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1994.

Hill loved to play football in youth leagues and in high school. Hill was also a father to a little boy, who family members said is a spitting image of his father. He is survived by his brothers, four sisters, stepsisters and a stepbrother.

Hill’s father was also shot and killed in 2000 when armed robbers also broke into his home.

Smith has a conviction in 2008 for an aggravated robbery in Burkburnett and had six new charges filed this year mostly for drug possession.

His most recent were filed Oct. 5 for drugs, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft.

Cummings has seven arrests, including theft and drug possession.

Beamon has 21 arrests in Wichita County.


WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls Police Department officers have arrested a third person in connection to the murder of a Wichita Falls man on Oct. 26.

WFPD officers arrested Anthony Beamon, 35. Wednesday in the 2700 block of Iowa Park Road.

This is the third arrest in the connection to the murder of Eddie Donte Hill.

Wichita Falls police arrested Tyrone Smith, 30, in the 1800 block of Las Cruces on the capital murder warrant Tuesday night.

They then arrested Autumn Cummings, and she was booked into the Wichita County Jail with a capital murder charge on Wednesday afternoon.

Cummings and Beamon were arrested at the Dollar Tree Store without incident.

Cummings and Smith’s bonds are set at $500,00 each.


A second Wichita Falls resident was arrested and charged with capital murder Wednesday in connection to the homicide of Eddie Donte Hill, 41.

Tuesday night, Wichita Falls police arrested Tyrone Smith, 30, in the 1800 block of Las Cruces on the capital murder warrant. SWAT officers were on standby near the scene, but police said they were not needed for the arrest.

Wednesday afternoon, Autumn Cummings was booked into the Wichita County Jail with a capital murder charge.

Cummings, Smith and Anthony Lee Beamon are listed as suspects in Smith’s arrest affidavit. At the time this article was published, Beamon had not been taken into custody.

Cummings and Smith’s bonds are set at $500,00 each.

The charges come from the shooting of Hill on October 26 in the 700 block of Warford Street. Officers said when they arrived, they found a man had been shot. Hill was transported to United Regional where he later died. The charge is capital murder because police said burglary was also involved.

Wichita Falls detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip, that along with their investigation helped lead to the arrest warrant being issued on Smith.

Smith served a five-year sentence for an aggravated robbery in Burkburnett in 2007 and had several charges earlier this year pending.

Eddie Donte Hill was raised in Wichita Falls and graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1994. Hill loved to play football in youth leagues and in high school. Hill was also a father to a little boy, whose family said is a spitting image of his father.  

Hill is survived by his brothers, four sisters, stepsisters, and a stepbrother.


WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KTJL) — According to the Wichita Falls Police Department Facebook:

On Tuesday, November 5, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Tyrone Smith,30, of Wichita Falls was arrested in the 1800 block of Las Cruces by officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department on a capital murder warrant.

The warrant stemmed from the murder of Eddie Donte Hill, 41, that occurred on October 26th in the 700 block of Warford.

Officers with the WFPD had been dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Warford in reference to a possible shooting where a witness had stated an unknown male suspect had shot Hill. 

When police arrived they found Hill inside the residence.  He was transported to United Regional where he died from his injuries.

Smith’s record includes a sentence in state jail in 2008 for five years for an aggravated robbery in Burkburnett.

He has six other charges pending in Wichita County:  possession of marijuana and possession of a dangerous drug filed in April. Possession of marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft filed on October 5.

WFPD Detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip that, along with their investigation, helped lead to the arrest warrant being issued on Smith.

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