Detroit father accused of shooting, killing 15-year-old son in field

Kim LaCapria - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:18 p.m. ET

37-year-old Jamar Pinkney Sr. is facing a first degree murder charge in the Monday shooting death of his son, 15-year-old Jamar Pinkney Jr., in a field in Detroit’s Highland Park.

The incident was sparked by allegations that the younger Jamar Pinkney had “sexual contact” with a three-year old. The boy’s mother, Lazette Cherry, confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that her son had admitted the incident to her, at which time she involved the elder Pinkney:

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“I called and told his father. This isn’t something you sweep under the rug,” she said.

Cherry said the elder Pinkney arrived at the home with a gun, ordered his son to strip and marched him outside despite her protests.

“He got on his knees and begged, ‘No, Daddy, No,’ and he pulled the trigger,” Cherry said.

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Defense attorney Corbett O’Meara hopes prosecutors will take Pinkney’s mental state into consideration when compiling their case:

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“If something were to happen that would cause a reasonable person to lose control of himself, that is something the prosecution would have to take into account,” O’Meara said outside Highland Park District Court.

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