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MEMPHIS | A 17-year-old student charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Christian school principal told investigators he had planned to stab the woman on the third day of classes, when he knew he’d be alone with her in a classroom, police said Thursday.
Eduardo Marmolejo was held without bond and ordered to undergo a mental evaluation by a Juvenile Court judge during a hearing Thursday. State law allows police to release the names of juveniles charged with first-degree murder.
Mr. Marmolejo has been charged with planning the killing of Suzette York, 49, for months. Miss York’s body was found by a teacher in a classroom on Wednesday at Memphis Junior Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist school of fewer than 100 students.
The thin teenager with short brown hair appeared before Judge Sheldon McCall, wearing a bright orange jail jumpsuit. Mr. Marmolejo was joined by his parents, who both wore black shirts and bluejeans.
Prosecutor Chris Lareau said the killing was premeditated and asked Judge McCall to detain Mr. Marmolejo. Both Mr. Lareau and the two defense attorneys appointed by the court asked for mental evaluations of the teenager.
The judge appointed the two attorneys after Mr. Marmolejo’s mother said the private lawyer she had hired did not make it to the hearing.
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