14-Year-Old Arrested And Charged In Tessa Majors Murder Investigation
At around 7 p.m. on December 11, 2019, Barnard University student Tessa Majors, 18, was wandering through Morningside Park in Manhattan when she had been accosted and then repeatedly stabbed.
Majors has been said to be able to make her way to street level, where a security police officer then called 911. She had been taken to the local hospital, where she later passed away.
NBC News reports that according to a criminal complaint, security footage from the evening of this murder demonstrates Majors entering the park from one entrance and also three suspects entering from another. These suspects had been initially following a male before he apparently exited the particular vicinity. The suspects after that came upon Majors and stood around her. Following a brief interlude where the presence of a nearby male apparently led to them “walking away,” the suspects engaged with Majors.
“Video shows Majors struggling with the teens before breaking free and stumbling up the stairs,” reports NBC News.
The following day, a 13-year-old male was initially arrested in connection with the particular occurrence. He was reportedly charged with counts of second-degree murder as well as robbery.
On Friday, a 14-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the crime.
During a press conference on Saturday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. stated that this suspect is “charged with two counts of murder in the second degree, with one count representing intentional murder and the other a felony murder, a murder caused in the course of a robbery, one count of robbery in the first degree, and three counts of robbery in the second degree.”
”The complaint paints … a gruesome picture of what this young woman endured in her final moments,” Vance added. “As alleged, some of the last words she was known to have said was, ‘Help me! I’m being robbed!’”
Vance stated that because the actual suspect is not an adult, the District Attorney’s office will be “cautious to safeguard all the rights that [the suspect] has as we go forward with this case,” and also that “only a fair process will result in true justice for Tessa Majors.”
When asked about the evidence against the suspect, Vance said that it is a “combination of many types of evidence, ranging from scientific to digital to video to [the suspect’s] own statements, and also a substantial amount of work has been done, and the evidence was initially presented to the grand jury on the course of many weeks together with many witnesses and many exhibits.”
When asked if there are “any other suspects” getting pursued in the case, Vance replied that the District Attorney’s “office along with the NYPD are in active investigation in terms of other suspects, and that will continue.”
The reporter asked about why the 13-year-old suspect from December is “being charged as a juvenile,” and the latest suspect isn’t.
Our law requires that any 13-year-old that is charged with felony murder be prosecuted within a Family Court. The law gives jurisdiction to our office where the 14-year-old is charged with intentional murder along with felony murder, which is why the case is in Criminal Court.
Another reporter asked if anyone is being “looked at” for aiding the 14-year-old suspect throughout his alleged hiding from authorities, to which NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison replied that it’s still an “active investigation.”
According to DA Vance, the “arraignment on the indictment” for the suspect is set to take place on February 19.