The 13-year-old boy accused of attacking murdered Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors testified in court docket Friday that he handed a knife to his good friend, who then stabbed Majors so brutally he noticed “feathers come out of her jacket.”
The teenager, who shouldn’t be being recognized by Fox Information, was ordered held with out bail by New York Household Court docket Choose Karen Lupuloff. He’s charged with second-degree homicide, first and second-degree theft and felony possession of a weapon.
The New York Police Division (NYPD) reportedly picked up the teenager Thursday night time on suspicion of felony trespassing at an residence close to the place Majors died. WABC reported that the suspect started to debate the homicide and made statements implicating himself.
The teenager instructed the court docket he and two accomplices entered Morningside Park in Manhattan on Wednesday night aspiring to commit a theft. After opting in opposition to robbing the primary particular person they got here throughout, the teen instructed detectives his good friend “dropped a knife” whereas placing Majors in a chokehold. The teenager suspect picked up the knife and handed it again to his good friend earlier than making a slashing movement at his throat, then noticed his good friend stab Majors. He instructed police that his confederate mentioned Majors had bitten him on the finger through the battle.
The teenager instructed police he watched his confederate take away her pockets, after which the three boys went dwelling.
The teenager’s legal professional argued he solely noticed his good friend kill Majors and testified about what his good friend did. The legal professional argued that the teenager shouldn’t be a risk to the group and requested for parole whereas he lives along with his aunt and uncle.
Lupuloff dominated that the defendant was an exceptionally massive danger to the group and a considerable flight danger. The following listening to is slated for Tuesday.
The teenager who testified in household court docket right now was the primary to face trial. One other teen is at present in detention and a 3rd is being “actively sought,” a police supply instructed Fox Information.
All three juveniles look like between 13 and 14 years previous.
Majors, an 18-year-old freshman, was found unconscious with “multiple stab wounds about the body” close to a staircase in Manhattan’s Morningside Park simply earlier than 7 p.m. Wednesday, police mentioned earlier this week.
Barnard President Sian Leah Beilock described Majors as “an artist, a musician who played instruments, wrote songs” and had “just recently performed the first big gig in New York City.”
Barnard Faculty, which is affiliated with Columbia College, has an enrollment of two,682 undergrads, 632 of that are first-year college students.