NY Boy, 13, admits being one of trio involved in murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors – pleads guilty to robbery and admits passing knife to accomplice who stabbed her
Boy, 13, accused of being involved in murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors pleads guilty to robbery and admits passing on murder weapon to friend
Barnard College freshman Majors was fatally stabbed in a park near the school in New York, in Dec 2019
The teen admitted being part of the robbery gang and handing over knife used to stab Majors to the killer, in a hearing Wednesday
The 13-year-old defendant has not been named because he is being tried as a juvenile
Prosecutors said that Rashaun Weaver, 14, stabbed 18-year-old Majors, corroborated by the juvenile accomplice
Another 14-year-old, Luchiano Lewis, stopped her from escaping as she called for help, they allege
Charged as adults, Weaver and Lewis both pled not guilty to murder in February
Assistant Corporation Counsel Rachel Glantz said: ‘Although respondent acted in concert in committing robbery and murder on Ms. Majors, he was not the main actor.’
Weaver and Lewis were arrested in February after a two-month investigation into the stabbing. The Associated Press identified the 14-year-olds because of the seriousness of the crime and because they are charged as adults.
She staggered up a flight of stairs to street level and collapsed. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Prosecutors say Majors fought back against her attackers and DNA from her fingernails matched Weaver’s DNA. They say Weaver was heard on an audio recording describing hitting Majors with a knife.
Weaver has also been charged with robbing another person in the park.
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