Jason Ricardo Baez

After a shooting and car chase in Killeen on Wednesday, a man has been charged with murder.

The Bell County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case on Thursday and filed charges against Jason Ricardo Baez, 31, according to Ofelia Miramontz, Killeen police spokeswoman.

Baez was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown on Friday. His bond was set at $100,000.

He remained in the Bell County Jail Friday afternoon.

The incident occurred around noon on Wednesday. Police arrived at the 1200 block of Franz Drive to see a man lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds, according Baez's arrest affidavit. The victim, who was identified as Lamar Marcell Roberson, 32, of Killeen, was brought to Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood by ambulance in critical condition.

The shooting happened after an altercation between Baez and Roberson,  police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said.

After police arrived on scene, officers elsewhere located a car on Rancier Avenue that matched the description of a vehicle witnesses said might have been involved in the shooting, Miramontez said. Officers tried to pull the driver over, but he failed to comply, and a chase ensued, reaching speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour, according to Baez's arrest affidavit.

The car eventually came to a stop, and Baez was detained by police, according to Miramontez.

After detaining Baez, officers followed the tire tracks from his vehicle, finding a gun case which contained a .45 caliber hi-point semi-automatic pistol, according to the arrest affidavit.

Roberson was pronounced dead at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday, according to Baez's arrest affidavit.

In separate cases:

Christopher Andrew Almaguer, 26, was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Thursday on the offense of injury to a child. He is free on $100,000 bond.

Ebony Miettani Adams and Essence Robinson were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown on Friday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bonds for each were set at $50,000. Both remain in the Bell County Jail.

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Dude caught a case, will it be CHAPTER 19. CRIMINAL HOMICIDE Sec. 19.01, Sec. 19.02, or Sec. 19.03?

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