The Manhattan man who stabbed Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter to death was found guilty of manslaughter on Monday.
Lamar Davenport stabbed E’Dena Hines 25 times in full view of multiple witnesses on a Washington Heights sidewalk in August 2015.
Davenport, 33, was found guilty on the lesser charge of manslaughter because the judge believed his lawyer’s defense that Davenport stabbed his girlfriend while high on PCP.
The defense initially argued that Davenport was innocent by reason of insanity, but the judge disallowed the defense.
The defense lawyer claimed Davenport and Hines were smoking PCP together before she was killed.
Rumors swirled that Hines dated Freeman, 80, for years, but both denied the rumors. Lawyers for both defense and prosecution stated in court that Hines had “disclosed to Lamar Davenport and others that her step-grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her.”
Hines, 33, is the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, Deena Adair. Hines was raised by Freeman’s second wife, Myrna Colley-Lee.
Davenport faces 25 years in prison at his sentencing on May 29.
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