Posted on June 4, 2020

Tessa Majors Murder Suspect, 13, Expected to Plead Guilty: Report

Priscilla DeGregory, New York Post, June 3, 2020

Tessa Majors

Tessa Majors

A teen murder suspect in the slaying of Barnard College student Tessa Majors is expected to plead guilty Wednesday for his involvement in her botched mugging death, according to an official.

Zyairr Davis, 14, has admitted to helping Luchiano Lewis, 15, and Rashaun Weaver, 15, rob the 18-year-old college freshman in Morningside Park in December 2019, but has denied being the one who stabbed her.

Zyairr Davis

Zyairr Davis

Lewis allegedly put Majors in “a bear hug or headlock” during the robbery, while Weaver allegedly stabbed her with such fury that feathers flew from her winter coat, authorities have alleged.

The pair were arrested in February some two months after Davis.

A hearing is scheduled to be held before Family Court Judge Carol Goldstein at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Manhattan, where Davis plans to make an admission of guilt, New York courts spokesman Lucian Chalfen confirmed.

Davis was initially charged with murder, but it was not immediately clear Tuesday what he would be pleading to.


Davis had previously given investigators a chilling play-by-play of how the teens allegedly carried out the slaying. A video recording of the confession was played in a court hearing in February.

“She’s trying to run away. She’s screaming,” he recalled to cops in the 26th Precinct station house.

“The only thing I remember is her yelling for help.”

Davis added, “That’s when Rashaun stabbed her.”

“It ain’t look like poking. It was like — slash,” he said at the time.