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Defense attorneys ask to see principal murder suspect's confession

Suzette York Suzette York
Eduardo Marmolejo Eduardo Marmolejo

(WMC-TV) - New motions were filed Wednesday in the case of a Memphis private school student charged with killing his principal.

Attorneys for Eduardo Marmolejo appeared in Juvenile Court asking the judge in the case to seal results of a recent mental evaluation preformed on the 17-year old murder suspect.

Detectives arrested Marmolejo earlier this month and charged him with 1st degree murder after Suzette York, his Memphis Junior Academy principal, was found stabbed to death in a classroom.

Prosecutors went to court Wednesday wanting to try the teenager as an adult, but the judge in the case ruled that a transfer hearing won't take place until August 31st.

"We're prepared to put on our proof what we will be asking for," prosecutor Reggie Henderson said. "It will be up to the court to make that determination."

Detectives have claimed Marmolejo told them York made him angry, and that he had been planning to kill her since May.

Marmolejo's defense attorneys said they made a motion for discovery so they can examine the statements Marmolejo allegedly made.

"We wanted to make sure that we saw his statement, because we have the right under the rules to challenge the admissibility of it," defense attorney Whit Gurkin said. "We also have the right to insist that part of his statement be corroborated, and that's what we're looking for, and if we don't have a statement how can we determine whether or not its been constitutionally taken?"

Marmolejo's family members were at juvenile court Wednesday to support the teenager, but they did not speak to reporters.

"They are dealing with it the best the family can for having their son charged with a serious crime," defense attorney Autumn Chastain said. "It is certainly emotional for them."

Meanwhile, Marmolejo remains in custody at juvenile court with no bond.

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