The 14-year-old student from The Bronx who is accused of fatally stabbing a classmate last month no longer faces a murder charge. Instead, a grand jury indicted him on a second-degree manslaughter charge, and he will be prosecuted as a juvenile instead of as an adult.
Noel Estevez, 14, allegedly stabbed 14-year-old Timothy Crump multiple times on June 18th outside the Bronx middle school they had both attended. Initially, Estevez had been handed a second-degree murder charge along with the manslaughter charge, and was expected to be prosecuted as an adult. But his defense attorney told the judge presiding over his case that the teen planned to testify in front of a grand jury, arguing that he'd acted in "self-defense" after being routinely bullied by Crump, allegedly to the point of suicide.
Though it has not been confirmed whether or not that testimony actually took place, Estevez was handed a lesser charge, and had his case moved to Family Court, where . "Our feeling is that the Board of Ed failed him, the cops failed him, they wouldn’t come to the house, they wouldn’t transfer him from the school, legal aid is not going to fail him,” attorney Eric Poulos said in court previously. Estevez, whose mother has been incarcerated at Rikers since getting busted on a drug charge last month, has reportedly been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder and cyclothymia.