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