A Belton teenager — the second of two suspects — was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the August shooting death of a high school junior.
Robert Garnett, 17, of Belton was arrested by Belton Police officers on a murder warrant, city spokesman Paul Romer said. He was being held in the Bell County Jail Monday. Bond was set at $1 million.
Garnett, along with a Temple 16-year-old juvenile, is charged in the slaying of Fernando Martinez, 16. The Aug. 27 shooting occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Smith Street near Lions Field baseball complex. Martinez was shot twice after a dispute, Romer said.
The juvenile suspect — who isn’t being named by authorities because of his age — was arrested in August in the area of Orion Drive and East Cedar Crest Lane in Temple after evading police in a vehicle. The suspect was taken to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center in Killeen.
Martinez was pronounced dead at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center in Temple by Bell County Justice of the Peace G.W. Ivey.
Martinez, a Belton High School junior, attended classes in the Belton Independent School District from 2008, the district previously said.
Garnett was enrolled in Belton ISD from August 2013 to January 2021, spokeswoman Elizabeth Cox said. He completed his senior year coursework as a virtual learner.