Bronx teen accused of killing classmate avoids murder charge

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THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — A 14-year-old accused of stabbing his classmate to death outside their Bronx school has avoided a murder charge and will be charged as a juvenile, according to the Office of the Bronx District Attorney.

Noel Estevez was originally arrested and charged as an adult with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the June 19 slaying of Timothy Crump, also 14.

A grand jury indicted the teen Monday on a lesser charge, that of second-degree manslaughter, the DA’s office said.

Estevez’s lawyer said his teenage client acted in  self-defense, accusing the victim of bullying the suspect repeatedly in the past.

Estevez’s case has been moved to family court.