A 15-year-old boy from North Texas who was shot in the forehead at close range had been bullied by another teenager accused in his killing, a police detective has testified.
The suspect was 14 when he and another 14-year-old were arrested and charged in the March death of Nahum Martinez in Wylie, about 30 miles northeast of Dallas.
Prosecutors say Martinez, a freshman at Wylie East High School and a member of the cross-country team, was shot in the accused teen's bedroom, then wrapped in a comforter and dropped out of a second story window. According to testimony, his body was left in the street and evidence including a gun and ammunition were found in a nearby park.
Wylie police Detective Venece Perepiczka testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine if the suspect, now 15, should be tried as an adult, said she found a school assignment in Martinez's room titled "If You Really Knew Me, You Would Know," in which the boy talked about being bullied.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Perepiczka said a card she found addressed to Martinez and signed by the accused teen read in part: "I'm sorry for calling you names. It was just a joke."
She agreed under questioning that the card also stated that the accused teen and Martinez were "buddies."
The accused teen began sobbing in court as pictures were shown of Martinez's bloodied body lying partially in a street storm drain.
The second teenage suspect was not part of the proceedings this week in Collin County.
Two Wylie school resource officers testified about statements gathered from other teens after the shooting. Three students reported seeing the accused teen with the gun, including one who said the accused teen wrapped the gun in a T-shirt and showed it to him during gym class. Two other teens told officers they heard the accused teen talking about having a loaded gun next to his bed. None of the teens reported what they knew before Martinez was killed.
The gun is believed to have come from a family member who didn't know it was missing, according to testimony.