Recently, two 16-year-old boys have been accused of killing a fellow classmate and attempting to get rid of the body. The boy they are accused of killing was 17-year-old Ivan Mejia, a senior at Wylie East High School, northeast of Dallas.
Police were alerted to this most recent case after a concerned citizen made a 911 call and said that a car was veering off the highway. Local officers tracked down the two teenagers in a wooded area near Garland, just south of Wylie. The boys were interrogated and subsequently admitted to trying to dispose of Mejia’s body. At this point, the police say that Mejia was killed near the Wylie school.
The boys are currently being held at Collin County juvenile detention and will likely face murder charges. Because the boys are considered to be juveniles, their names are not being disclosed at this time. Wylie Police Sergeant Donna Valdepena has not disclosed many facts about the case at this point, although she has stated that the police do have evidence showing that the murder was planned.
As difficult as it is to believe, this is not the first time a student at this school was killed and his death blamed on other students. Just two years ago, a student was killed and another classmate was sentenced in the case. This young man’s name was Nahum Martinez. He was only 15-years-old when he was shot and his body left near a storm drain. Another 15-year-old was charged with trying to hide the body and was given a 15-year prison sentence.
Local police have stated that this most recent occurrence was pre-planned and not a random act of violence and should lead other students or residents in the area to worry about their safety. In addition, police are saying that the school itself is not involved.
Of course, the school district in Wylie, along with the entire community, is shocked and saddened by this recent news and is working with police in the investigation.
In Texas to prove a murder charge the prosecution must show that the defendant(s):
Texas does allow for the death penalty in some murder cases; however a defendant must be at least 17-years-old in order to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas. A defendant could also be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty of murder.
It is too early to tell how this case will end or what the specific facts of the incident truly were. In any situation involving serious criminal offenses, it is important to align yourself with competent defense attorneys who will ensure that your rights are protected.