Crime Stoppers tip leads to Dallas murder arrest, affidavit claims

A Crime Stoppers tip-off led to the arrest of a man in connection with the death of a 41-year-old man who was fatally shot last year in Old East Dallas.

Royse Montrale Reed, 40, faces a murder charge in the death of Cornelius Williams. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Just before 3 a.m. on November 28, officers responded to the 600 block of North Hall Street near Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and found Williams injured in the parking lot. He was taken to hospital, where he died on December 4.

Surveillance footage showed two people in a park of SUVs next to a white car. The couple got out and were standing next to the vehicles when Williams approached, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained on Tuesday.

Footage showed Williams talking to the two people and then appearing to reach the passenger side of the SUV when he was shot down. The two people then left in separate cars, the affidavit states.

Detectives received a tip from Crime Stoppers on January 20 that identified Reed as a suspect. Tapes showed Reed owning a vehicle similar to the white car seen in surveillance footage, and cellphone records placed him in that area at the time of the shooting, the affidavit says.

An additional suspect has also been investigated in the shooting. On the night of the shooting, this man was driving a car registered to his girlfriend that matched the SUV seen in the footage.

In a police interview, the second suspect said he was driving Reed to where his car was parked the night of the shooting. The man said Reed got out of the SUV to get something out of his car and then yelled at Williams, according to the affidavit.

Williams began to walk away before turning around and returning, the second suspect told police. He said he heard Reed yell “What the hell [expletive]before shooting Williams, the affidavit says.

It is not known if the second suspect is facing charges.

Reed is being held in the Dallas County Jail, with bail set at $1 million.

Mark M. Gagnon