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.