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Murder Charge Reduced For Teen Suspect In Deadly Bronx Stabbing

Noel Estevez (credit: CBS 2)

Noel Estevez (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Noel Estevez, the 14-year-old Bronx student accused of fatally stabbing a classmate, was indicted Monday on a charge of manslaughter – a lower charge than he initially faced.

A grand jury voted Monday to indict Estevez on a charge of Second-degree manslaughter, according to a news release from the Bronx District Attorney’s office.

Estevez had been charged as an adult with murder, but the case will now go to Family Court with the reduced charge, prosecutors said.

Published reports indicated that Estevez personally testified before the grand jury before the ruling on the indictment.

Prosecutors said Estevez stabbed 14-year-old Timothy Crump to death outside their Bronx middle school on June 18.

Estevez’s attorney said Crump had spent months bullying and torturing Estevez and the teen felt his life was in danger when he pulled out the kitchen knife, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported late last month.

“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 late last month.

Another family member told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa that the two teens used to be friends until Crump started bullying Estevez.

Attorneys said that late last month that they planned to interview the 8th grader’s classmates about when and where any bullying may have happened.

Estevez was hospitalized and diagnosed with several mental disorders after he tried to commit suicide last month, Brown reported. His family said he is in a fragile state right now and that’s one of the reasons he was not in court Tuesday.

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Estevez’s attorney said Crump had spent months bullying and torturing Estevez and the teen felt his life was in danger when he pulled out the kitchen knife, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported late last month.

“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 late last month.

Another family member told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa last month that the two teens used to be friends until Crump started bullying Estevez.

Attorneys said that late last month that they planned to interview the 8th grader’s classmates about when and where any bullying may have happened.

Estevez was hospitalized and diagnosed with several mental disorders after he tried to commit suicide last month, Brown reported.

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