NYPD Awaits DNA Results In Tessa Majors Murder Case

Kristie Keleshian
December 28, 2019 - 1:26 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New developments are coming out in the investigation of the death of 18-year-old Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors, who was stabbed during a robbery in Manhattan earlier this month.

Authorities are calling it significant developments in the investigation. NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison says a 14-year-old was taken into custody Thursday.

“His attorneys were present for the entire process, and the subject exercised his legal right not to answer any questions,” Harrison said.

The 14-year-old was sought for more than a week. He was questioned Thursday at the 26th Precinct stationhouse, but officials say he wasn’t charged.

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So far investigators are saying that Majors fought back and reportedly bit her killer. The 14-year-old boy may have provided the DNA evidence to confirm that, police say.

“At 3 p.m. he was released to his attorney with the consent of his mother. The investigation is still active and ongoing, and we continue further forensic evidence,” Harrison said.

Harrison said Friday that DNA evidence is still pending and may not be available for the next week or so.

Police say Majors was walking through Morningside Park on Dec. 11 when she was approached by several teenaged robbers. She was stabbed repeatedly and later died. The brutality of the case shocked the city, with the crime reminiscent of those that happened in the 1980s and 1990s, when New York had a much higher violent crime rate.