A 15-year-old boy from Wylie charged with murder in the death of his classmate will soon learn if he will be tried as an adult.
On Monday the teen showed up in a Collin County courtroom for a certification hearing. The judge in the case would not allow cameras and asked the media not to identify him because he is a juvenile.
Investigators believe he shot 15-year-old Nahum Martinez in the head in the early morning hours of March 31. He and another juvenile suspect then allegedly wrapped the body in a comforter, threw it out of a second floor window and tried to stuff it into a nearby storm drain.
On Monday police testified they questioned the suspect's aunt, who told them she heard a loud bang at about 2 a.m. She said she came out of her bedroom and confronted her nephew. He said "he and his friends were playing video games."
They soon realized there were holes in the suspect's story. One of the officers even pulled him aside and told him "he needed to come clean," according to testimony.
When asked about the teen's demeanor one officer said "he was unemotional, bland like there's nothing big going on. He did not hang his head down."
Once he was taken to the police department, the officer said he told police, "I did it" and "It was Nahum's fault. He was playing with the gun. I reached out to take the gun and it went off."
The suspect's attorney argued Wylie police did not initially read him his rights so those incriminating statements may not be admissible in the trial.
Prosecutors argued the suspect told police many lies and showed no remorse after the murder. They said he was not only rational, but also used a towel to cover up blood in the room before going to sleep.
Police testified about where they discovered some of the key pieces of evidence. Investigators found the handgun, a box of ammunition, a magazine to fit into the gun, a comforter and a white polo shirt in a park near the house where the shooting took place.
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