Photo: Eduardo Marmolejo, 17, accused of
A teenage student has been arrested for the murder of the principal of a Tennessee Christian school.
Eduardo Marmolejo, 17, is being held without bond for allegedly killing Suzette York, the principal at Memphis Junior Academy, a Seventh-Day Adventist Church, after months of planning.
Thursday, police said Marmolejo told investigator that he had planned to stab York, 48, on the third day of classes when he knew he’d be the only one in the classroom with her. He stated that he did not like her and that she made him angry.
A teacher found York’s body in the classroom on Wednesday.
At the Thursday hearing before Judge Sheldon McCall, the slim teenager was brought in wearing an orange jumpsuit. He was joined by his parents. Prosecutors stated the murder was premeditated and asked that the teen be held without bond, Judge McCall agreed.
Marmolejo was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
“Our main concern is to determine if he is a danger to himself and a danger to the community,” McCall said.
The parents were quickly taken away after the hearing, and spoke to no one.
York had been principal at the 100-student school since 2008.
Photo Credits: Suzette York