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Second teen arrested after 16-year-old killed at basketball court in Belton

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Posted at 7:58 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2021-03-01 23:19:26-05

BELTON, TX — UPDATE (3/1/2021)

Belton Police have made a second arrest in connection with an August 2020 shooting in Belton.

Robert Garnett, 17, of Belton, was arrested by the Belton Police Department on a warrant related to murder.

Garnett is charged with murder and is being held at the Bell County Jail. His bond is set at $1,000,000.00.

On Aug. 27, 2020, a 16-year-old male was killed in the 400 block of Smith Street. On the evening of the shooting, an investigation by the Belton Police Criminal Investigations Division led to the arrest of a 16-year-old Temple male.

UPDATE (08/28/2020)

The victim in Thursday's homicide has been identified as 16-year-old Fernando Martinez of Belton.

On August 27, 2020, the Belton Police Department arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with a shooting that occurred in the 400 block of Smith Street around 5 p.m. Thursday evening.

An investigation by the Belton Police Criminal Investigations Division led to the arrest of a 16- year-old male, of Temple. The juvenile is charged with the murder of a 16-year-old male.

The suspect was arrested at 11:15 p.m. in the area or Orion Drive and East Cedar Crest Lane after evading in a vehicle in Temple. He was subsequently booked into the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center.


A teenager has died after he was shot twice near an outdoor basketball court in Belton Thursday evening.

The City of Belton says around 5:02 p.m., Belton PD officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of Smith Street.

When authorities arrived on-scene, they found a teenager suffering from two gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries.

Authorities say the shooting happened after a dispute. Police believe the victim knew his assailant.

Witnesses described a white Chevy sedan speeding away from the area after the shooting.