Double murder suspect indicted

Garrett Ballard

by Alexandria Randolph

The suspect of a double homicide on the morning of Aug. 19 was indicted Thursday, Nov. 6 on charge of capital murder of multiple persons.

Garrett James Ballard, 21, was indicted in the 424th Judicial District Court on charge of capital murder of multiple persons in relation to the deaths of Elijah Adam Benson, a 17-year-old Burnet High School student, and Travis Leslie Fox, a 26-year-old Burnet High School graduate, who were shot multiple times at Ballard’s residence in the 5800 block of CR 340 on the morning of Aug. 19. The indictment was filed by District Judge Dan Mills, and was served on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Ballard remains in Burnet County Jail on bond of $50,000, and is defended by a court appointed attorney.

Because the offense is a capital felony, the state prosecution may seek the death penalty. If convicted, Ballard will serve a minimum of life in prison without parole. Ballard has no previous criminal record in Burnet County.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander and Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

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