Belton shooting

Belton Police officers are investigating a shooting that occurred at Lions Field near Fifth Avenue and Smith Street.

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. No bond had been set.

Garnett, along with a Temple 16-year-old juvenile, are 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.

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