A Manhattan man has been found guilty of stabbing to death Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter and alleged lover.
Judge Ellen Biben on Wednesday convicted Lamar Davenport on lesser manslaughter charges for knifing his girlfriend, E’dena Hines, 25 times on a Washington Heights sidewalk in full view of pedestrians and neighbors in August 2015.
But the guilty verdict was still a victory of sorts for Davenport’s lawyers, who argued that their client — who stood trial on murder charges — attacked Hines, the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, in a PCP-fueled haze and was not aware of what he was doing.
Davenport, 33, appeared stoic as the verdict came down.
During the three-week trial, Biben heard testimony from eyewitnesses who watched in horror as Davenport plunged the knife over and over into the 33-year-old woman’s chest.
Hines’ estranged biological mother, Deena Adair, even took the stand to tearfully recount how the two were reconnecting in the days before her daughter was killed.
Adair was in court Monday to hear the verdict, and showed no reaction as Biben read her decision aloud.
Hines, an actress with no blood relation to the star of “The Shawshank Redemption,” was raised by Freeman’s second wife, Myrna Colley-Lee. Rumors about her and the 80-year-old actor’s romantic involvement swirled for years, though both staunchly denied being in a sexual relationship.
SOURCE: Emily Saul
New York Post