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Boy’s father, 14, accused of killing Tessa Majors “has been behind bars for two years”

Tessa Majors (photo) was stabbed in December at Morningside Park in Manhattan

Tessa Majors (photo) was stabbed in December at Morningside Park in Manhattan

The father of a 14-year-old boy accused of killing Tessa Majors in a park in Manhattan during a failed robbery has been behind bars for two years, the boy’s grandfather has revealed.

Clifford Weaver, 80, also insists that his grandson Rashaun Weaver is innocent and a “nice little kid.”

The Harlem teenager was charged with murder and theft on Friday, two months after Majors was murdered in Morningside Park in New York.

His grandfather told it New York Daily News yesterday that the boy’s father, Clifford Shaun Weaver, was imprisoned two years ago in the state prison and was recently struck by a conditional offense. He did not reveal the crime for which he was imprisoned.

Mr. Weaver said, “He should come out.”

He also claimed that his grandson was innocent, even though the police found his DNA under the nails of 18-year-old Majors, a first-year student at prestigious Barnard College.

Detectives believe Majors furiously fought back when Weaver stabbed her when she refused to hand her cell phone to him and two accomplices.

But his grandfather said: “He didn’t do it.

“He was a nice little kid. Liked video games. Basketball. He spent a lot of time with his father. “

Rashaun Weaver was taken into custody at the end of Friday and charged with murder more than two months after the horrific murder shocked in New York City

Rashaun Weaver was taken into custody at the end of Friday and charged with murder more than two months after the horrific murder shocked in New York City

Rashaun Weaver was taken into custody at the end of Friday and charged with murder more than two months after the horrific murder shocked in New York City

Majors was an aspiring musician and a first-year student at the prestigious Barnard College, located near Morningside Park

Majors was an aspiring musician and a first-year student at the prestigious Barnard College, located near Morningside Park

Majors was an aspiring musician and a first-year student at the prestigious Barnard College, located near Morningside Park

Weaver went into hiding weeks after the murder, and the police believed his family hid him because Majors bit his hand and he needed time to heal.

“I don’t know,” his grandfather said when asked about the alleged bite injury.

He added: “I last saw him about a month ago. He seemed normal. “

Weaver called his grandfather after his arrest on Friday, the day before his trial at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday.

“He called to say hello,” the grandfather said. “Said me he should go to court.”

Weaver was accused of two counts of murder, one intentional and one crime, and four counts of theft.

The charges come almost two months after the horrific killing of New York City. Pictured: the stairs on which Majors was stabbed

The charges come almost two months after the horrific killing of New York City. Pictured: the stairs on which Majors was stabbed

The charges come almost two months after the horrific killing of New York City. Pictured: the stairs on which Majors was stabbed

Tessa was stabbed in December on these stairs in Morningside Park, on the Upper West Side

Tessa was stabbed in December on these stairs in Morningside Park, on the Upper West Side

Tessa was stabbed in December on these stairs in Morningside Park, on the Upper West Side

During a press conference on Saturday afternoon, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea revealed that Weaver will be tried as an adult in court.

Cops claim that Majors was confronted with a group of three teenagers as they walked through Morningside Park on the evening of December 11, before being stabbed in a failed robbery.

Prosecutors claim that Weaver is the one who repeatedly plunged the knife into Majors while calling for help.

During Saturday’s press conference, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance also revealed tragic new details about the final minutes of Majors.

He said she was conscious and bleeding heavily while bystanders were waiting for an ambulance.

Her last known words were believed: “Help me! I’m being robbed! ”

Meanwhile, a 13-year-old boy is already being held in custody of the Majors raid – but it is believed that he has seen the events happen and was not responsible for actually stabbing Majors.

A third minor suspect has not yet been formally arrested or charged.

Commissioner Shea said Saturday about the arrest of Weaver at a press conference: “What we can do is say that we are sure we have the person in custody who stabbed her, and that person will appear in court in a court’.

The charges come almost two months after the horrific killing of New York City. Pictured: the stairs on which Majors was stabbed

The charges come almost two months after the horrific killing of New York City. Pictured: the stairs on which Majors was stabbed

The charges come almost two months after the horrific killing of New York City. Pictured: the stairs on which Majors was stabbed

The murder sent shock waves through Manhattan, many of whom said the violent incident reminded of the 70s and 80s crime in New York

The murder sent shock waves through Manhattan, many of whom said the violent incident reminded of the 70s and 80s crime in New York

The murder sent shock waves through Manhattan, many of whom said the violent incident reminded of the 70s and 80s crime in New York

He added: unfortunately [this] cannot bring this young woman back. That is something that even the best, most impartial research cannot do. ”

The prosecutor Vance stated that there is substantial evidence that Weaver proves that majors have been stabbed.

He stated that there is: “Video evidence, blood evidence, smartphone evidence, iCloud evidence, witness identification and the suspect’s statements that were strictly collected and investigated.”

According to the DailyMail.com complaint on Saturday, Weaver is accused of having carried out a separate robbery at Morningside Park four days prior to Majors’ murder.

According to that robbing victim, Weaver and two other boys confronted him on the night of December 7 and stole his iPhone. Only a few hours later, the iPhone was connected to an iCloud account in the name of Weaver.

The raid victim later identified Weaver from a photo frame. In addition, the 14-year-old was seen on a security camera that wore the exact same outfit during both his alleged December 7 robbery and his alleged December 11 stitches from Majors.

Majors had only moved to New York City a few months before she was murdered

Majors had only moved to New York City a few months before she was murdered

Majors had only moved to New York City a few months before she was murdered

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance informs the media Saturday after the arrest of a 14-year-old boy for the murder of 18-year-old student Tessa Majors

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance informs the media Saturday after the arrest of a 14-year-old boy for the murder of 18-year-old student Tessa Majors

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance informs the media Saturday after the arrest of a 14-year-old boy for the murder of 18-year-old student Tessa Majors

Meanwhile, the complaint states that the three suspects initially followed a man through the park on December 11, before turning their attention to Majors.

At 6.47 pm a witness heard a male voice from the area [believed to be Weaver] say [to Majors]: “Run your s ** t. Give me your phone. You have some weed, give me that too. “

The witness then heard a woman shout: “Help me! I’m being robbed! ”

Surveillance images show how majors later climb the stairs of Morningside Park to reach a security gate. She was conscious and bleeding before being rushed to a nearby hospital.

She was declared dead at 7:33 PM – meaning that there was more than half an hour between the time of the attack and her death.

Weaver was the suspect who fled from a car five days after Majors’ murder while on his way to meet with the police for interrogation. It led to an intensive ten-day manhunt before Weaver was traced in the home of a family member in The Bronx.

Police believed his family was hiding him until a sign on his hand healed. After being traced and interviewed, he was released.

Police say the 13-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with the Majors raid will be tried in a family court.

He is said to have known that he was part of the group that was present when she was stabbed, but said he was standing by and watching how it happened.

During a hearing last month, police officer Randys Ramos Luna testified how he tracked down the boy.

He had watched a grainy surveillance video of three young teenagers leaving the park shortly after the murder and, according to The New York Post, he thought they should be students at a nearby high school in Harlem.

He went to a residential area near the school and found the 13-year-old who reportedly said stabbing was taking place.

The murder sent shock waves through Manhattan, many of whom said the violent incident reminded of the 70s and 80s crime in New York.

Police union leaders blamed Bill de Blasio and said he made it difficult for regular police to fight street crime.

The NYPD also faced accusations of “victim accusation,” after police chief claimed that Majors might have been in the park to buy marijuana.

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