TROY, N.Y. – Troy Police arrested a teenager in connection to a fatal stabbing in July.
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco announced on Wednesday that the suspect in the fatal stabbing is a 16-year-old who is being charged as an adult. Jason Johnson of the Bronx is being charged with Murder in the Second Degree. Police said Johnson has family in Troy.
The teen was arraigned in Troy City Court on Wednesday where he was charged as an adult for the murder.
The Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office told the judge that Johnson is considered a flight risk, so he is being held without bail. The office is planning to present the case to a grand jury and a preliminary hearing has been set for August 12.
On July 18, 16-year-old Eshane Walker was stabbed to death at 447 Second Avenue.
Police said Walker was at a party with more than 100 people when he was stabbed. The homeowner of where the party was held said the party was supervised and there was no alcohol.
According to police, Walker later died from injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Walker’s mother, Tyronda Walker, said it’s sad knowing the suspect in her child’s murder is another child.
“There’s no words that I really have for him,” she said. “There’s nothing I could say that’s going to bring my son back.”
Deputy Chief with the Troy Police Department Richard McAvoy said Johnson turned himself in to authorities.
“There was a lot of pressure, contacts made at his house, continuing to talk to relatives, and he got an attorney, and his attorney said he should turn himself in,” McAvoy said.
Walker said she doesn’t have much closure even though her son’s alleged killer is behind bars.
“I’ll never fully be over it,” she said. “It’s sad because even though I’m a grieving mother, another family is losing a child.”
She said she only had one question about the murder.
“Why?” she asked. “That’s it. Why? Why him?”
Police said there are currently no other suspects in the case, but the investigation is ongoing.