The 13- year-old charged with the murder of Barnard trainee Tessa Majors appeared in court for a hearing Tuesday, where the judge bought that he remain in custody since of the major nature of the criminal offense and the threat to the public’s security.
” The court discovers that there is a severe risk for reoffending,” Judge Carol Goldstein said at the Household Court in New York City, in spite of pleas from the teenage suspect’s defense lawyer, Hannah Kaplan, who argued that her customer has a strong assistance system and is being taken care of by his aunt and uncle, and has a great attendance record in school.
The suspect, whom Fox News has actually not determined since he is a minor, has actually been charged with second-degree murder, very first- and second-degree robbery, and criminal ownership of a weapon.
He arrived in court with his aunt and uncle; his face was puffy, he was wearing a sweater and just talked to identify himself and his age.
Detective Wilfredo Acevedo, an officer with the New York Authorities Department (NYPD), testified at the hearing that the 13- year-old informed him during questioning that he was with two other teenage kids at Morningside Park on Wednesday evening when the 2 other boys allegedly attempted to rob Majors and knifed her when she tried to resist them
Acevedo told the court that the suspect said he, “along with the 2 other individuals, went into the park to rob someone,” and followed a guy up the stairs of the park however decided not to rob him.
Shortly after, they stumbled upon Majors, an 18- year-old college freshman. At that point, the 13- year-old informed investigators he “chose up the knife and handed it to one of the individuals,” Acevedo said.
” One of the 2 people asked the victim, Ms. Majors, to rob her. She refused … Among the people had the knife, stabbed her,” he said, adding that the suspect stated “he was a couple of actions away.”
Acevedo stated the 13- year-old remembered among the kids in the group getting Majors from behind while another teenage boy “sliced her in a stabbing poking motion.” The 13- year-old ” saw feathers come up from the chest location,” Acevedo stated.
The terribly injured college student reportedly stumbled up the stairs of the park after being left for dead and ultimately discovered a security guard, who called 911.
Officer Ena Lewis testified at the hearing that Majors was lying facedown in the park, blood on her face, wheezing and attempting to catch her breath. Lewis stated Majors had several stab injuries on her body, as well as lacerations on her face. Lewis stated she administered CPR on Majors at the scene and in the ambulance, to no obtain.
Acevedo stated that the park was ” extremely dark,” around 7: 30 p.m. after the stabbing had happened, including that of the lamp posts lining the park, “none were on at the moment.”
Throughout cross-examination, Acevedo stated that monitoring video from the park at the time of the occurrence is not the best quality and is extremely pixilated and dark. He also stated it does not record the whole event.
Acevedo said the video reveals the suspect and his 2 friends hanging out at the top of the steps of the park, however doesn’t reveal the 13- year-old in possession of the knife, touching Majors or taking anything from her.
The video did, nevertheless, capture Majors and two of the teenagers scuffling at the bottom of the steps and the people making a “poking” movement toward Majors prior to fleeing the park.
During closing arguments, Kaplan repeated that the video does not reveal the suspect’s participation in the event or about a break-in happening, and argued that there is no evidence of the suspect taking part in the criminal activity.
Prosecutors for the state, together with Judge Goldstein disagreed, saying that remaining in the park, handing the knife to another individual, and not leaving the scene till the other two teens did, implicate the 13- year-old in the criminal offense.
Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins captured flack for remarks he made Sunday suggesting that Majors had remained in the park that night searching for cannabis.
Mayor Expense de Blasio called Mullins’ comments “ruthless,” and Majors’ household also decried them as “reckless public speculation.”
The judge has scheduled another court hearing for the 13- year-old suspect on Jan. 2.
Fox News’ Maria Paronich added to this report.