Arrest In Tessa Majors Murder: She Solved Her Own Case—14-Year-Old Rashaun Weaver Charged With Murder And Robbery, Based On His DNA Found Under One Of Majors’ Fingernails
02/15/2020
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She fought for her life, and left her mark on her killer.

How many times have we seen an episode of the classic true crime show, Forensic Files, in which a female murder victim cracked her own case, by getting some of her killer’s DNA under her fingernails?

I am using the New York Post article, because other MSM outlets are protecting Weaver by refusing to name him, even though he has been charged as an adult. He appears to be the same young man, whose photographs were shown without his name, when he was questioned by police in late December.

 Second teen arrested in Tessa Majors murder named as Rashaun Weaver

By Rebecca Rosenberg, Larry Celona, Ruth Weissmann and Olivia Bensimon

New York Post February 15, 2020 | 11:44am | Last Updated 2:50 p.m.

Cops have arrested the teen they are “confident” is the boy who viciously stabbed Barnard College student Tessa Majors to death during a botched robbery in Morningside Park, officials announced Saturday.

Rashaun Weaver, 14, was busted in the lobby of the Taft Houses in Brooklyn at 10:30 p.m. Friday night — and will be tried as an adult on two counts of murder, NYPD brass and the Manhattan district attorney’s office said at a noon presser at police headquarters in lower Manhattan.

Majors, 18, played a pivotal role in cracking the case — it was her courageous fight for her life that ultimately helped cops nab her alleged killer, authorities said.

Weaver was tied to DNA recovered from underneath Majors’ fingernails as she clawed and scratched at her assailants, prosecutors said.

“What we can do is say that we are confident that we have the person in custody who stabbed her,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. “And that person will face justice in a court of law.”

Weaver is the second of the trio to be busted in connection with the Dec. 11 murder that stunned the city for its senselessness and brutality — magnified by the young ages of the assailants. None were over 14 years old, police said.

The group tried to rob the budding musician, who struggled with her assailants until one of them stabbed her multiple times, authorities contend.

Zyairr Davis, 13, was nabbed and charged with felony murder days [N.S.: correction: one day] after the attack.

Davis told cops that he saw the Barnard first year student get butchered.

“He saw feathers come out of her jacket, and all three of them ran out of the park … and they went home,” a detective said at the time.

During the mugging, a witness heard a male voice say, “Gimme your phone. You got some weed, gimme that too,” the criminal complaints alleges.

Weaver confessed to police that Majors’ was “hanging onto her phone” during the struggle, according to a recorded statement.

That’s when he “hit” her with the knife, Weaver told cops.

The witness then heard Majors scream, “Help me, I’m being robbed!”— her last known words, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

“The allegations are really laid out in heartbreaking detail. The complaint paints a picture of video evidence, blood evidence, smartphone evidence, iCloud evidence, the witness identification, and the defendants’ own statements that were rigorously collections and examined prior to this indictment,” Vance said.

A grand jury has been in session for three weeks reviewing evidence against the two teens in the robbery gone wrong—including a knife believed to be the murder weapon, law enforcement sources said….

“He’s a 14 year old child [sic] and he’s presumed not guilty,” his lawyer, Elsie Chandler, told The Post outside court.

Weaver, who has no previous arrests, was held without bail and will be held at a juvenile detention facility until his next court date on Feb. 19.

[N.S.: The kid is a crime machine, yet he had no previous arrests. Thanks, NYPD!]

He reportedly tried to dodge cops throughout their investigation, jumping out of a car on his way to meet with authorities in December, sparking a manhunt.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone would be charged with helping Weaver duck police, officials said Saturday.

Investigators have informed Majors’ family about the bust, Shea said. Tessa’s father, Inman Majors, has been spotted sitting in on Davis’ hearing wearing a memorial bracelet….

Shea added: “Sadly, [this] cannot bring back this young woman. That is something even the best, most impartial investigation simply cannot do.”

 

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