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MCKINNEY Wednesday marked the third day of testimony in the certification hearing to determine whether 17-year-old Brenden Bridges will stand trial as an adult.

Bridges was arrested for killing 17-year-old Ivan Mejia in March. Bridges and his accused accomplice, Adam Staup, confessed to police that they choked their Wylie East High School classmate and dumped his body near Firewheel Mall in Garland.

Defense attorneys are trying to convince a judge that Bridges who was just four days shy of his 17th birthday at the time of his arrest should be tried as a minor.

The bulk of Wednesday morning's testimony came from Dr. Paul Andrews, a psychologist who evaluated Bridges after his arrest.

Andrews described Bridges as having a history with anxiety, and said he would respond to rehabilitation treatment in the juvenile system.

'It doesn't look like this is a person that has a background that suggests he will go onto a life of crime,' Andrews told the court.

Earlier in the week, the state called its own psychologist as they attempted to demonstrate that Ivan Mejia's murder was, in fact, premeditated.

Dr. Robert Lackey, a psychologist with the Collin County juvenile probation department, said Bridges and Staup told him that they had weighed the pro and cons of how to carry out the murder, and discussed the possibility of going to prison if they got caught.

If tried and convicted in the juvenile court system, both Bridges and Staup could still face up to 40 years behind bars. In the juvenile system, a judge decides on the offender's 19th birthday whether the he or she is transferred to an adult prison.

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