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Affidavit: Teen researched combat, sharpened knife before killing principal

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(WMC-TV) - Memphis police say a teen accused of stabbing his principal to death conducted research about combat the night before the killing.

The day after Eduardo Marmolejo was charged with murder for stabbing and killing Memphis Junior Academy principal Suzette York, homicide investigators searched his family's house on Kirby Gate Cove.

According to an affidavit in support of the search warrant, police say Marmolejo spent the night before the murder, "sharpening his knife with a sharpening device."

Investigators believe Marmolejo conducted research online about "hand-to-hand" combat, knife fighting, and other fighting styles.

Investigators also sought any written or computer generated information that indicated Marmolejo's desire to kill York, "especially in light of his interest in writing rap lyrics.'

Investigators believe Marmolejo may have written rap that shows pre-meditation.

"This is reinforced by the fact that Marmolejo wrote rap lyrics, some containing references to violence, on a chalkboard in the Homicide Office as well as on a piece of paper supplied to him at his request while detained in the Homicide Office," the affidavit says.

The return on the search warrant shows police seized 10 items, including:

- Two laptop computers
- A computer tower
- A flash drive
- A Playstation 2
- An iPod
- CD case full of various media
- Assorted papers
- A book, "Battle"

Marmolejo goes back to juvenile court next Wednesday, when a transfer hearing is scheduled that could end with him being sent to adult court at 201 Poplar.

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