Eighteen-year-old Dakota Birdwell may have been killed this week in a dispute about $85 and three bags of fake methamphetamine.
Cody Wayne Basinger, 18, of Burleson was arrested later Thursday and was in the Mansfield Jail on Friday facing a murder charge. Bail was set at $50,000, jail records showed.
Birdwell’s body was found Wednesday morning outside Life Fellowship Church in the 600 block of Little School Road in Kennedale. Officers reported that the body was face up with a large pool of blood around the head and with a cellphone near a hand, the affidavit said.
The affidavit, signed by Kennedale police Detective S. Dagnell, described interviews with several people as officers investigated the death.
- At the church, a woman ran up to an officer to say that she was looking for her boyfriend, who had left her residence near the church early Wednesday with friends to get something to eat. He did not return and was not answering his phone, she said.
- A man drove up to the church and told officers that he had heard a loud noise while he was taking out the trash Wednesday morning. He then saw a small red car make a quick exit from the parking lot.
- An investigator from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office pulled a small plastic bag from the victim’s right front pocket. He said it appeared to be methamphetamine.
- A person acquainted with Birdwell and Basinger said that on Wednesday, Birdwell got four bags of methamphetamine from Basinger but owed him $85 for them. This person said three of the bags contained fake drugs, and Birdwell called Basinger to say he wanted to give back the fake meth but keep the bag with the real drug. Birdwell never returned from meeting Basinger.
- Basinger showed one person a 9mm handgun equipped with a laser. When the person told Basinger that Birdwell was dead, Basinger said he deserved to die. The person also told officers that Basinger drove a red Mercury Cougar.
- Police learned that Birdwell and Basinger attended the same high school.
Basinger was arrested later Thursday in Burleson.
A Kennedale police spokesman declined to answer questions about the affidavit, saying the investigation is not over.