Former Whitehouse student killed in Central Texas double homicide

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:13 - Written by

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

A former Whitehouse student was shot and killed earlier this week in what authorities in central Texas are calling a double homicide during a bad acid trip. 

Burnett County Sheriff Officials stated in a sworn affidavit that 17-year-old Elijah Adam Benson (formerly of Whitehouse) and Travis Leslie Fox, 26, were shot and killed Tuesday during a birthday celebration by the 21-year-old son of the Burnett County constable. 

Garrett James Ballard has been charged with capital murder in the slaying. 

Whitehouse Independent School District Spokeswoman Adriana Moon confirmed Benson was a student in Whitehouse through elementary, junior high and his freshman year in high school before leaving the district two years ago. 

Benson's Facebook page was filled Thursday with people leaving their condolonces.

Tyler Paper will have more information on the story in Friday's edition.