Teen murder suspect still in Texas

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It could be weeks before a Tucker teen implicated in the slaying of Andrea Nassos is extradited to Georgia, where he'll face charges alongside his father in a case that's largely been transferred to DeKalb County, officials said Thursday.

Boris Mejia, 18, is scheduled for ex parte proceedings June 13 in Houston to hammer out the details of his extradition to metro Atlanta, a representative with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

Mejia remains jailed in Houston -- where his father, Ignacio Mejia, 51, allegedly drove him following the killing -- without bond.

Ignacio Mejia was slated for a probable cause hearing in Gwinnett today on charges of hindering the apprehension of a criminal and tampering with evidence. That case has been dismissed in Gwinnett and will be prosecuted in DeKalb, said Danny Porter, Gwinnett District Attorney.

The only charge to be prosecuted locally will be arson, as Boris Mejia allegedly set fire to the 18-year-old Stone Mountain resident's Honda Accord -- with her dead body in the trunk -- in Gwinnett's Lucky Shoals Park, Porter said.

"We'll wait on the DeKalb authorities to finish their case" before pursuing an arson conviction, Porter said.

One week after police found Nassos' body, left to burn overnight in a back parking lot of the Tucker park, authorities said they believe Boris Mejia, her friend, killed her at her Tucker apartment in DeKalb. No motive has been released.

Mejia then tried to bury the body at the Tucker home he shares with his father, police said. But the elder Mejia instructed his son to dispose of the body elsewhere. Boris Mejia picked Lucky Shoals Park, and after destroying the Honda, his father drove him to Houston in an attempt to avoid prosecution, police said.

An autopsy showed Nassos, a recent Faith Academy graduate, suffered blunt-force trauma to the head. An autopsy ruled out gunshot or stab wounds.