US Marshals arrest murder suspect of Texarkana man

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TEXARKANA — The US Marshals arrested a woman in Mexico wanted for the 2012 murder of Donald Ray Morris in Texarkana.

US Marshals in Mexico arrested 38-year-old Alana Coleman late last week, and she was transported to Texarkana and booked into the Bi-State Jail overnight. Her bond was set at $1 million.

Coleman is being charged with capital murder. Coleman also has charges for probation violation/possession of controlled substance, and failure to appear for a misdemeanor theft charge.

Texarkana Texas Police Department detective Cody Harris received credible information regarding Coleman’s location in Mexico, and subsequently forwarded the material to the US Marshals, who notified the department late last week they had arrested Coleman.

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According to police, Coleman is suspected of murdering Morris at the Redwood Apartments in 3400 block of West 7th Street on August 12, 2012. Police say Morris was found dead inside his apartment by the manager, and had been stabbed multiple times.

TTPD Billy Giddens, who retired several years ago, start the investigation and developed information that identified Coleman as an early suspect in the case. Evidence collected at the scene and the investigation proved Coleman’s involvement in a warrant for capital murder being issued in early 2013, police say.

Police say that after the murder, a few days later, Coleman fled the Texarkana area and crossed into Mexico, passing through the Laredo area.

When Det. Giddens retired, Det. Harris took over the case.