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Two Abilene college football players arrested in Fort Worth killing

Ryan McBeth, left, and Dontrell Dock face capital murder charges in a Fort Worth killing.
Ryan McBeth, left, and Dontrell Dock face capital murder charges in a Fort Worth killing. Taylor County Jail

Two McMurry University students who played on the Abilene school’s football team during the past season were arrested Wednesday in a fatal shooting at a Fort Worth apartment this month.

Ryan McBeth, 20, of Fort Worth and Dontrell Dock, 19, of Conroe were taken into custody on campus by the U.S. Marshals Service, KTXS-TV in Abilene reported.

KTAB-TV reported that a third suspect, also a McMurry student, was still at large.

McBeth and Dock face capital murder charges in the death of Chris-Dion Russell, 29, who was shot in the chest and died early Jan. 12, according to a police report.

About 11 p.m. on Jan. 11, police were dispatched on a shooting call to the Pilgrim Valley Apartments in the 1700 block of East Robert Street in southeast Fort Worth, said officer Daniel Segura, a police spokesman.

When officers arrived, they found Russell wounded. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

McBeth and Dock were being held at the Taylor County Jail in Abilene with their bail set at $250,000.

Both suspects’ names had been removed from the McMurry football team’s online roster by Wednesday night.

But other pages on the team’s website show that McBeth, a junior, graduated from North Crowley High School and played in nine games in the 2016 season.

Dock, a sophomore from Conroe High School, played running back, according to his profile page from 2015.

McMurry, which competes in NCAA Division III, released a statement to KTAB on Wednesday saying it was aware of “a reported incident involving three of its students” and was cooperating with authorities.

Fort Worth police are searching for a man seen on surveillance video breaking into a Camp Bowie store.

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