2 Teen Boys Accused of Killing Texas Classmate
Ivan Mejia, the 17-year-old murder victim allegedly killed by two Wylie East classmates, was placed in a headlock and choked to death, according to a juvenile probation officer who testified in the suspects’ first court appearance Monday.
The officer, who is familiar with the case, testified that the murder indicated a “significant amount of planning,” and they had reason to believe the planning dates back to March 3. She said the suspects tied a sock around the victim’s mouth and held his nose as they choked him to death.
The 16-year-old suspects, Brenden Bridges and Adam Staup, were arrested Saturday after they allegedly ran from police while in a wooded area near Firewheel Mall. Police waited by the boys’ vehicle, and when they returned they told officers they were “burying a body.”
Mejia’s body was found in a creek when officers searched of the area. Police said Sunday he was killed directly behind Wylie East High School, where all three teens were students. The suspects are juniors, and Mejia was a senior.