Killeen Man Charged with Murder
On Thursday, March 1, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and a complaint was returned charging 31 year-old Jason Ricardo Baez with Murder. On Friday, March 2, 2018, Baez was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown and she set his bond at $100,000. Baez has been transported to the Bell County Jail.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the intersection of Franz Drive and Culp Avenue in reference to a 911 call about shots fired. Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a male lying in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers immediately started to perform life saving measures until paramedics arrived. The victim was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in critical condition.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were involved in a verbal dispute that led to the shooting. Witnesses told officers that the suspect fled the area in a gray 2-door sedan at a high rate of speed. Officers located the suspect vehicle traveling eastbound on Rancier Avenue and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the driver refused and a pursuit ensued. The suspect driver led officers on a short chase, coming to a stop near the intersection of Rancier Avenue and Shims Blvd. At approximately 12:20 p.m., officers apprehended the 31 year-old suspect without incident.
The 32 year-old male victim, Lamar Marcell Roberson of Killeen, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 1:21 p.m. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.
Killeen Police Department