UPDATE: Wichita Falls police charge second man with capital murder

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — UPDATE: November 18, 2020. 8:32 a.m.

According to the WFPD, detectives interviewed and arrested Raymond Alaniz last night for the capital murder of Donald Best. Alaniz is the second person arrested for this offense after Cody Stage.

Raymond Alaniz previously was arrested after attempting to break into a house and falling through the ceiling earlier this year.


Wichita Falls police have charged a man with capital murder for the November 4 shooting death of 50-year-old Donald Michael Best on Taylor Street.

31-year-old Cody Ryan Stage, who has a lengthy arrest record, is in jail on charges of capital murder and burglary of a building.

His bond on the murder charge is $1 million.

Around 7:30 p.m. November 4, police received a call about multiple shots fired in the area of Taylor and Avenue E.

Best was found lying on the ground in the 1400 block of Taylor with several gunshot wounds. He died from the injuries at the hospital.

Stage was arrested Monday after an extensive manhunt for a burglary suspect.

A storage shed on Tucson was reported broken into, and numerous items valued at more than $3,500 were taken, including a dirt bike.

The residents’ surveillance camera recorded two men arriving in two vehicles in the alley and breaking into the shed with a crowbar.

And they recognized both suspects and identified them to police as Stage and 25-year-old Timothy Sivils.

Police located the two vehicles along with several others at Stage’s home on Wesley, and as they waited for a search warrant, saw several cars leaving.

They then followed them, and after a vehicle and foot chase, found Stage hiding near where a Camaro was abandoned.

They stopped a Yukon on FM 367 for a traffic violation and arrested Sivils.

Police said they found a crowbar and items from the shed inside the Yukon and said Sivils admitted he and Stage burglarized the shed.

Stage had been identified earlier as a suspect in the Best murder.

After the shooting, police found phone messages that indicated Stage wanted to sell a motorcycle to Best, then changed his mind, but told Best he would stop by anyway.

After his arrest in the Tucson burglary, police said Stage agreed to talk about the shooting.

They said he told them he and an accomplice decided to rob Best instead of selling him the motorcycle.

Police said Stage claimed the robbery went bad and his accomplice shot Best.

Stage said he only set it up and drove the car.


Wichita Falls police have charged a man with capital murder, apparently for the November 4 shooting death of Donald Best on Avenue E.

Cody Stage, who has a lengthy arrest record, is in jail on charges of capital murder committed on November 4, 2020, and burglary of a building. His recommended bond is $1 million

The affidavit spelling out the charge is not yet filed. On November 4, 2020, police said 50-year-old Donald Michael Best was found lying in the grass at the corner of Avenue E and Taylor Street.
At around 7:30 p.m. that night police got a call about multiple shots fired at that location.

Cody Stage was arrested Monday after an extensive manhunt for a burglary suspect. A storage shed on Tucson Dr. was reported broken into and numerous items were taken. The resident’s surveillance camera recorded two men arriving in two vehicles in the alley.

He recognized both suspects and identified them to the police. Police located the two vehicles at Stage’s home on Wesley Dr. and followed one as it left. They later found it unoccupied and said they found Stage hiding nearby.

A second suspect was also found and questioned and police said he admitted he and Stage burglarized the shed.

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