Teen accused of role in murder of Barnard student Tessa Majors appears in court



A 13-year-old boy appeared in court Friday as part of the police investigation into the grisly stabbing murder of a promising Barnard College student, whose random, violent death put the campus on edge.

The suspect, just five years younger than 18-year-old victim Tessa Majors, stood before a judge just hours after he allegedly confessed and implicated two of his middle school buddies in the mugging that became a murder, sources said

Tessa Majors Killing: Boy, 13, Is Arrested

He appeared in court on murder and robbery charges. Detectives believe two other teenagers took part in the stabbing, an official said.

By Michael GoldJan Ransom and Edgar Sandoval

The New York Times. Published Dec. 13, 2019. Updated Dec. 14, 2019

The murder suspect walked into the courtroom on Friday wearing black sweatpants, Air Jordan sneakers and a navy hoodie. He bit his bottom lip nervously as a court officer asked his name, then his age.

“I’m 13,” he said.

The deadly stabbing of an 18-year-old Barnard College student, Tessa Majors, as she walked in a park near the school’s Manhattan campus has jarred New York City, recalling an era decades ago when violent street crime was far more common.

But also shocking have been revelations about ages of two of the suspects: They are 13 and 14 years old.

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