Arrest made in Sunday Temple murder

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Temple Police confirm a 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the weekend shooting death of Clayton Pratt.

Jail records indicate Seth Allen Richards was booked into the Bell County Jail at 2:34 a.m. Wednesday.

Bond has been set at $200,000.

Police say that Richards was developed as a suspect as the investigation unfolded in the Sunday shooting.

It was about 7:00 p.m. Sunday that officers were called to the 300 block of North 6th Street on a report that a man had been shot.

Justice of the Peace G.W. Ivey pronounced Pratt dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy.

The arrest of Richards came about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday as officers were following up on leads as to his whereabouts after he had been developed as the suspect.

Officers had gone to a home in the 600 block of North 8th Street and made contact with a man who confirmed that Richards was inside.

All occupants were ordered out of the house, including Richards who was taken into custody without further incident.

“This is excellent work by our officers, investigators and our violent crimes task force,” Police Chief Shawn Reynolds said. “Taking this violent offender into custody keeps our public and our community safe and allows us to continue to focus not only on solving, but also preventing crime in Temple.”

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