The boy arrested in connection to the fatal stabbing of Barnard College student Tessa Majors will remain in custody after a request for him to return home while awaiting trial was denied, the city Law Department confirmed.
At a hearing on Thursday, Manhattan Family Court Judge Carol Goldstein issued a ruling requiring the 13-year-old to remain in detention before his trial begins in March, saying, "I do not see a substantial change in circumstances to warrant a change," the Times reports.
The teenager is accused of felony murder, robbery and weapons possession in connection with the fatal stabbing of the first-year Barnard College student on December 11th in Morningside Park. The 13-year-old and two other teens allegedly tried to rob Majors, and she was fatally stabbed in the ensuing struggle.
The teen's lawyer, Hannah Kaplan of the Legal Aid Society, had requested the boy be allowed to return to home, arguing he wasn't a flight risk since he had lived in the same apartment with his uncle for years and had steady school attendance, according to the Times.
A spokesman for Legal Aid declined to comment.
City lawyer Rachel Glantz said the teenager had acted "in an aggressive manner" towards an employee while in detention, the Times reported, though Kaplan said it was something the boy had said when a staffer tried to take away a video game.
The Law Department said the teen will remain in custody, and another hearing will be held February 4th regarding Legal Aid's request to hold back certain evidence in the case. The teen's trial begins March 16th.
Per the Daily News, the judge told the teen: "Keep up with your good work in terms of getting along in detention."
The judge is still expected to rule on whether a video statement the teen gave to officers admitting he was one of the three robbers would be admissible. Newsday reports that in February, the court hearings will determine whether the teen was given proper legal warnings when officers questioned him in front of his uncle, the admissibility of physical evidence, and legal issues that would prohibit the admissibility of certain evidence.
The 13-year-old, who Gothamist is not naming because he has not been charged as an adult, picked up the knife believed to be the murder weapon and handed it to another teen who stabbed Majors, police have said.
Morningside Park had seen a spike in robberies in the months leading up to Majors's murder. Barnard and Columbia University students previously told Gothamist they hadn't been warned by Columbia about assaults and robberies that happened in the park last year.