School Stab Suspect Stays Behind Bars

No release for teen accused of murder

The teen accused of stabbing his schoolmate at Coral Gables Senior High yesterday will spend the next three weeks in jail after a judge denied his release this morning.

Andy Rodriguez (right, in photo), 17, is charged with second degree murder in the slashing death of 17-year-old Juan Carlos Rivera, who died yesterday morning after an altercation on the school's campus.

Rodriguez was not in court this morning when his attorney unsuccessfully asked for his release, but family members including his mother and grandmother were present throughout the proceedings. Family members declined to speak with reporters after the hearing.

The teen will remain in a juvenile detention center until the next hearing on October 6. Prosecutors are expected to decide whether to try him as an adult or juvenile by the hearing.

Meanwhile, students returned to the school today, many wearing black in memory of the slain Rivera. Grief counselors will be at the school throughout the day to meet with students.

Classmates have said that the fight may have been over a girl, but authorities have yet to confirm what led to the deadly attack.

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