When Lamar Davenport allegedly killed his girlfriend — and Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter — E’Dena Hines, he did it in front of several eyewitnesses.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Davenport — who claimed that Freeman was having a sexual relationship with his step-grand-daughter, a claim which Freeman denies — stabbed Hines 25 times in front of eyewitnesses, however, he was ultimately found guilty of manslaughter.
His defense attorney argued that, while there is no question that Davenport killed Hines, he did so while he was in an altered state brought on by PCP psychosis.
There was a witness to Davenport’s attack who testified, at the trial, that Davenport screamed “I loved you, I’ve always loved you, God would have wanted this,” as he stabbed Hines to death.
Davenport was later brought to the hospital and sedated. When he awoke from his drug-induced coma, and was told about Hines’ murder, he reportedly screamed, “No! No! Why, God? Who would do this?”
Davenport, who reportedly made money as a rapper, was living with Hines in a $780,000 apartment that was paid for by Morgan Freeman.
Morgan Freeman, who did not attend the trial, chose instead to make a statement in writing to the court.
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The actor claimed that he never had a sexual relationship with E’Dena. Rather, he was responsible for much of her upbringing; she is the granddaughter of his first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, and he adopted E’Dena’s mother, Deena, when he married Jeannette.
Freeman has repeatedly denied having a sexual relationship with Hines, especially when the rumors first started emerging about their alleged relationship in 2005.
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Davenport testified that Hines once texted him to confess that she had “grandpa feelings,” though it was unclear whether those feelings were paternal or sexual.
Now that he’s been convicted, Davenport faces up to 25 years in prison upon his sentencing.
E’Dena Hines, who was an actress, was also studying at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program. New York University said that they would be releasing a scholarship in her honor.