Teen Pleads Guilty to 2019 Murder of Barnard College Freshman Tessa Majors

A third teenager pleaded guilty in court on Dec. 16 to the 2019 murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.

Rashaun Weaver, now 16, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of robbery.

Prosecutors claim that Weaver wielded the knife that killed Majors on Dec. 11, 2019 in Morningside Park, just off the Columbia University campus.

“I intentionally caused the death of Tessa Majors by stabbing her with a knife,” Weaver quickly read from a statement at the plea hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos said that the two robbery charges stemmed from separate robbery incidents — one days before Majors’ fatal stabbing and the other on Feb. 14, 2020 when Weaver was ultimately arrested.

Weaver, who was 14 at the time of the crimes, could face 14 years to life in prison for the murder.

Weaver’s formal sentencing will be held on Jan. 19, 2022.

There were already two other teenagers who received their sentences in the murder.

Luchiano Lewis, who was also 14 at the time of the murder, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree murder and second-degree robbery. He was charged as an adult and was sentenced in October to nine years to life in prison.

An unnamed teen also pleaded guilty and received 18 months in detention.


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