Teens shot missing Waco man to death, dumped body near Baylor: Police

Teens charged with murder
Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-09 19:28:32-05

WACO, Texas —Two teens have been arrested for murder after authorities discovered human remains near Baylor's campus Friday morning, which police have identified as a missing Waco man last seen a week ago.

James Keylan Willis, 18, and Brandon Xavier Stephens, 19, are accused of shooting 59-year-old Stanley Wilcox to death.

Brandon Stephens, 19, faces felony charges for murder and tampering with evidence.

Police said the pair confessed to shooting Wilcox and dumped his body in a ravine across from Baylor's campus.

James Willis
James Willis, 18, faces felony charges for murder and tampering with evidence.

A 17-year-old girl, 25 News chose not to identify, was also arrested and faces felony charges for not reporting the crime to police.

Police said the minor "admitted to knowing about the murder but was not placed at the immediate scene and to any involvement in clean-up or disposal of the body."

Stanley Wilcox
Stanley Wilcox, 59, was first reported missing to police on Dec. 29. A week later, authorities say they found his body near Baylor's campus after two teens confessed to shooting him to death.

The teen took detectives under a bridge in the 1100 block of S. 9th St. around 9:30 a.m., where investigators found Wilcox's body, according to police.

Wilcox was first reported missing to police on Dec. 29, but detectives obtained a search warrant and discovered someone had cleaned a large amount of blood in trunk of his vehicle, police said.

Willis and Stephens also face felony charges for tampering with Wilcox's body.

Police have yet to release a motive in the shooting death, or how they identified the three teens as suspects.

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. – Waco police are still investigating the crime scene across from Baylor’s campus.

Police tell 25 News investigators are calling the manner of death “questionable,” but not suspicious.

They also believe the death is not “related to Baylor.”


WACO, Texas — First responders are working to recover a body found across from Baylor's campus.

Waco police confirm to 25 News human remains were found. A spokesperson also said that police were "brought to the scene."

They have yet to release any information on the identity of the body, or if they suspect foul play.

25 News will provide additional details when they become available.