No decision whether juvenile to be tried as adult after closing arguments

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 7:13 PM

WYLIE - Closing arguments have wrapped up in a court hearing on whether a 15-year-old boy should be tried as an adult in the murder of Wylie East High School student Nahum Martinez, but there was no decision on the matter from the judge Tuesday.

In closing arguments, Collin County prosecutor Linda Drain called the young suspect a sophisticated, violent and heinous killer. She said the boy shot 15-year-old Nahum in the head, and then tried to cover up the murder by lying about it.

Drain said the accused and another teen then threw Nahum's body out of a second-floor window and then dragged him to a storm drain.

The suspect's lawyer, Matthew Goeller, described him as unsophisticated, immature, and socially stunted.

Goeller told the court there's no evidence that the child had a motive to kill Nahum, and he should have been charged instead with criminal negligent homicide.

State District Judge Cyndi Wheless will likely make her decision next week.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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