Sentencing reset for local teen who pleaded guilty to killing boy, 15

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A sentencing hearing that was originally set for Monday in state district court in Belton for a teenager who pleaded guilty to killing another teen in 2017 and to setting an arson fire has been rescheduled for Dec. 18.

Edgar Lopez-Benitez, 17, was 16 when he shot and killed Andrew Bryan, 15, at around 9:40 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2017 in Jackson Park at 925 North 4th St. in Temple, according to court documents.

Bryan died at the scene.

Lopez-Benitez ran from the area after the shooting and hid in a home in the 900 block of North 8th Street. Soon after, officers established a perimeter around the shooting scene and requested the department's SWAT team.

Lopez-Benetez surrendered just after 11 a.m., was taken to the Temple Police Department's juvenile processing office and later was transferred to the Bell County Jail where he has remained, held under a $250,000 bond.

Lopez-Benitez, who was certified in February to stand trial as an adult, pleaded guilty to murder and arson on Aug. 21.

The guilty pleas were not the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors, officials said.

He’s also expected to plead guilty to a third charge of assault on a public servant.