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Alleged Westchester High School Teen Stabber Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

Z'inah Brown.
Z'inah Brown. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

The Westchester teenager facing a murder charge for the death of a New Rochelle High School junior pleaded not guilty on Tuesday morning in Westchester County Court.

Z’inah Brown, 17, a Yonkers resident who attended New Rochelle High School, was arraigned in Westchester County Court on charges that include second-degree murder, manslaughter, gang assault and first-degree stalking, all felonies. She was also recently indicted on charges of third-degree assault, third-degree stalking and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Schwab reportedly was just looking to get her house keys back from a group of teenagers - including Brown - after they had fallen from her person while she was being bullied.

According to police, officers responded to Dunkin' Donuts on North Avenue shortly after 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 10, where there were reports of a fight involving multiple high school-aged students. During the dispute, Schwab suffered two stab wounds to her torso from a steak knife, allegedly wielded by Brown. She was transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, following the incident, but was pronounced dead there later in the afternoon.

Last week, 17-year-olds Dominique Slack and Carl Booker were indicted on several similar charges related to the incident. A fourth suspect, 15, is facing charges, but his name has not been released due to his status as a juvenile.

According to Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Nicholas DiCostanzo, "a gang of teens,  including Brown, Booker and Slack, physically confronted and assaulted Schwab outside on North Avenue resulting in a serious physical injury to Schwab. At the time of the assault, Schwab dropped her house keys and one of the teens picked up the keys. Schwab then followed the group to Dunkin’ Donuts in an attempt to get her keys back when she was stabbed by Brown.

The fatal stabbing was followed by several other violent incidents involving students, and the manhunt for a student involved in a stabbing on Jan. 18 continues, according to police.

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