The judge found Lamar Davenport [photo] guilty of knifing E’Dena Hines 25 times outside the couple’s apartment building. He could be sentenced to serve 25 years in prison
The boyfriend of Morgan Freeman’s slain step granddaughter was convicted Monday of manslaughter for her fatal 2015 stabbing.
The judge found Lamar Davenport guilty of stabbing E’Dena Hines 25 times with a knife, outside the couple’s New York apartment building.
The conviction could mean a 25 year stint in prison, 33-year-old Davenport who showed no emotion faced as the judge rendered her verdict.
Davenport, according to court documents, stabbed Hines 25 times in the street in Washington Heights on August 16, 2015, at 2.50am.
His attorneys argued that he was not guilty of the violent crime by reason of insanity because he was in the throes of a drug-induced psychosis at the time of the attack.
He was high on PCP when he straddled her and repeatedly plunged the knife into her body while screaming, “I love you. I always loved you. God would have wanted this,” witness Xavier Gardere testified at the trial.
Hines and Davenport, a rapper, had been living together in a $780,000 apartment that Freeman had bought for Hines.
Davenport claimed a text message from long term girlfriend E’dena Hines focused her ‘grandpa feelings’ and ‘submissive love’ for her grandfather, Morgan Freeman. His insanity plea was derailed among other facts, by these images from a video showing an intoxicated Davenport [photo left, right] grow enraged at Hines, who appears to be filming her final hours
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Biben acquitted the boyfriend of murder charges, adopting a version his lawyer’s defense that he was emotionally disturbed due to a drug-induced psychosis when he stabbed her. The judge did not explain her verdict.
Another witness, Cristina Aviles, told the court that Davenport was raving about the devil as he attacked his girlfriend.
“She had demons in her that he has to release,” Aviles recalled.
Hines was the actor’s stepdaughter who he adopted when he married her mom, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. He raised E’Dena even after he divorced from his fist wife.
In a bombshell development during the trial, Davenport revealed that the Oscar-winning actor had an on-and-off sexual relationship with his adopted granddaughter.
Davenport’s attorneys introduced into evidence text message exchanges in which the victim talked about ‘grandpa feelings.’
Morgan Freeman and granddaughter E’Dena Hines
Days earlier during the trial, Davenport’s lawyer Annie Costanzo stated in court that not long before her death in August 2015, E’Dena Hines, told her boyfriend and others that ‘her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her.’
On July 3, 2015, about six weeks before she was slaughtered outside her apartment building in Washington Heights, Hines texted Davenport to tell him that she was having issues with an older man.
The defense has presented text message exchanges between Lamar Davenport and E’dena Hines talked about her ‘grandpa feelings’ and ‘submissive love’ for her grandfather, Morgan Freeman
After the verdict Deena Adair, the Hines’ mother, left the courthouse without speaking.