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County constable's son charged with capital murder in Burnet County

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A county constable's son was charged with capital murder in Burnet County Tuesday.

Twenty-one-year-old Garrett Ballard, son of Burnet County Constable Precinct 3 Jimmy Ballard, was arrested for the murder of Elijah Benson and Travis Fox.

"We all feel for these families and for this tragic thing that's happened," said Rodney McGee, senior pastor at Hill Country Fellowship in Burnet.

The murders were reported to police Tuesday morning. Police arrived to the scene on the 5800 block of County Road 340 and found two bodies.

"When we have a tragedy like this with our young people, even though they didn't go to our church or were a part of our fellowship, we knew them and we know their families and we love them all so very much so it's been difficult," said McGee.

The arrest affidavit states Garrett Ballard told authorities Travis Fox and Elijah Benson were at his house and they were taking acid to celebrate Benson's birthday. Ballard told police that when the acid kicked in his friends were acting strange and disruptive. He told investigators he took the keys to his father's county constable patrol car and grabbed a rifle out of the trunk.

Ballard says when the two other boys walked outside he shot them. Ballard is now charged with capital murder.

"Anytime we lose two young people in our community like this it's gonna be tough," said McGee.

Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett sent FOX 7 this statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by this tragedy. Our first priority is to take care of the emotional needs of our students, and we are working with district counselors and local pastors to offer needed support."

In the middle of a horrible situation the people in Burnet found comfort in each other.

"It is so hard though for us to absorb what's actually taken place and so we just try to surround these families and be what we can be to help them through this time," said McGee.

Ballard is currently in Burnet County Jail. If convicted of capital murder Ballard faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

This is an update to a previous story. The first version of this story is as follows:

A possible suspect in connection with a double homicide in Burnet County is now in custody.

Authorities were called out to the 5800 block of County Road 340 in regards to a welfare concern. While they were in route they received another call from the same address about two bodies.

A possible suspect was identified and detained about 45 minutes later.

Drugs are a factor in this incident.

The Texas Rangers and the DA office are assisting the Burnet County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

The identities of the victims won't be released until family is notified.

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