Emotions ran high at the sentencing of the man who stabbed Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter to death as the defendant’s mother screamed that the Oscar winner was to blame because he ‘sexually abused the victim’.
Lamar Davenport, 33, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison with an additional five years of post-release supervision.
‘Morgan Freeman molested her and he caused this. He did this,’ Lamar Davenport’s mother screamed as she was ushered out of court in New York Thursday, according to Page Six.
‘He’s innocent! It was an accident!’ Davenport’s emotional mom continued.
There were allegations during the trial and previously that Freeman was involved in a romantic relationship with 33-year-old E’Dena Hines. Hines had at one point texted Davenport to reveal she had ‘grandpa feelings’. Freeman, 80, has always denied such allegations. Hines is the granddaughter of Morgan’s first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw.
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Tragic end: Lamar Davenport, 33, was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend E’Dena Hines (Hines and Morgan Freeman above at the 2005 Golden Globes)
Lamar Davenport seen here in court receiving a sentence of 20 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter in the brutal stabbing of E’Dena Hines
E’Dena Hines’ mother Deena Adair leaves the courtroom after the sentence was delivered
Davenport had been convicted of manslaughter in the first degree in May of last year for the fatal attack on Hines, who was his girlfriend at the time. He stabbed her 25 times in the street as horrified onlookers bore witness.
Hines mom was seen wiping away tears outside the courtroom on Thursday.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. in a statement: ‘Ambitious and driven, E’Dena Hines was deeply loved by family and friends before her life was brought to a horrific and tragic end by her boyfriend, Lamar Davenport.
‘I would like to thank the prosecutors in my office for securing a prison sentence commensurate with his extraordinarily violent crime, and offer my sympathies to Ms. Hines’ loved ones as they continue to mourn.’
Davenport had been initially charged with murder in the second-degree, but the defense argued he had been in a drug-induced psychosis during the brutal slaying, brought on by his use of PCP. It happened on August 16, 2015, on West 162nd Street in NYC.
One man who witnessed the attack testified at the trial that during the attack Davenport screamed: ‘I love you. I always loved you. God would have wanted this.’
After he was arrested, Davenport was taken to a hospital where after he was given sedatives he awoke screaming; ‘Why did this happen? No, no! Why God?’
Davenport was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter back in May of 2018
Hines mom Deena Adair was seen wiping away tears outside the courtroom on Thursday
He also asked the arresting officers if they believed in Jesus and urged them to repent their sins.
Hines and Davenport, a rapper, had been living together in a $780,000 apartment that was paid for by Freeman.
There relationship was tumultuous according to witnesses who testified at the trial, and Davenport fathered children with other women while the pair were together.
He also struggled with drug issues.
Lamar Davenport is led away from court in handcuffs after the sentencing
Deena Adair, shown, and Morgan Freeman were the primary support for Hines ‘financially, emotionally, mentally and physically’
Freeman adopted Hines’ mother Deena Adair when he married Jeanette, and he writes in his affidavit that is was Adair and himself acting as a surrogate father who raised the young woman after he parents divorced when she was just three-years-old.
‘Throughout E’Dena’s entire lifetime, my daughter Deena Adair and I were the primary sources of support for E’Dena financially, emotionally, mentally and physically,’ writes Freeman.
During the trial Davenport’s lawyer told jurors that Hines and Freeman had a sexual relationship.
EÕDena Hines is seen in March 2015 with her boyfriend, Lamar Davenport, shortly before she died
Freeman said at the time of Hines’ death: ‘The world will never know her artistry in talent. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.’
The young woman would frequently accompany Freeman to premieres, and was an actress herself.
According to her personal website she was an actor and writer living in New York City, where she studied at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program.
The university announced shortly after her passing that a scholarship would be dedicated in her name.
Hines also taught under-exposed youth in her native Memphis, Tennessee, where she moved after she failed to land gigs and felt ‘unfulfilled.’
Judge Ellen Biben did not elaborate on her decision back in May.
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