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Teen, 13, accused of being involved in Tessa Majors' murder pleads guilty to robbery

A 13-year-old boy accused of being involved in the murder of Tessa Majors plead guilty to robbery Wednesday. 

The teen admitted handing over knife used to kill the Barnard College student in a hearing at the Manhattan Family Court, The New York Daily News reports. 

He has not been named because he is being tried as a juvenile. The boy told the hearing: 'Rashaun (Weaver) used the knife I had handed to him to stab Tessa Majors.'

Barnard College student Majors, 18, was fatally stabbed during a robbery in a park in December last year.

Barnard College student Majors was fatally stabbed in a park in December 2019

Manhattan prosecutors said that Rashaun Weaver, 14, stabbed Majors and that Luchiano Lewis, 14, prevented her from escaping as she called for help. 

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 was arrested on February 14 and Lewis was arrested Wednesday after a two-month investigation into the stabbing in Morningside Park near the Barnard campus in upper Manhattan. 

The teen admitted handing over knife used to kill Major in a hearing Wednesday; he has not been named because he is being tried as a juvenile

Prosecutors said that Rashaun Weaver, 14, stabbed 18-year-old Majors; Luchiano Lewis, 14, stopped her from escaping as she called for help, they allege

Majors, who played in a rock band and aspired to study journalism, was stabbed as she walked through the park in the early evening. 

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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