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.
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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.