WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Two Dallas-area teens will be tried as adults in the premeditated slaying of a 17-year-old classmate in an alleged dispute over a girl.
Investigators say Adam Staup and Brenden Bridges were both 16 at the time of the March death of Ivan Mejia, who was strangled. All three teens attended Wylie East High School.
Staup, who turns 17 this month, was certified Thursday for trial as an adult on a murder charge. A judge in McKinney last week ruled Bridges must also face a murder charge in adult court.
Authorities say one of the suspects put Mejia in a headlock and pinched his nose, while the other stuffed a sock in his mouth. Prosecutors allege that the two suspects planned the murder for nearly a week.
Police have said the suspects were arrested in a wooded area while allegedly trying to bury the body. Staup and Bridges, who allegedly was interested in a girl that the victim dated, could face life prison terms if convicted.
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