Lamar Davenport, the 30-year-old man accused of gruesomely stabbing Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines to death, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Davenport, who was the victim’s boyfriend, is set to undergo psychiatric evaluation, his lawyer said Tuesday (Sept. 22).
Hines was killed in Mid-August, she was found stabbed at least 15 times outside the New York City apartment they shared. Davenport was “standing over the victim,” when police arrived to the scene at W. 162 St.
Court papers show that following his arrest, Davenport told police: “I don’t even know why I’m here right now,” and talked of the devil and Jesus Christ. He was later hospitalized and reportedly awoke from sedation screaming: “Why did this happen? No, no. Why God?”
Neighbors and friends were unaware of trouble in the relationship and say Hines and Davenport’s looked like a “happy couple,” prior to the grisly murder. One witness recalled hearing Hines scream Davenport’s name as he attacked. “There was a young lady laying with her head facing my building,” said George Huckadoo.“She was wearing cutoffs and a maroon top. There was a dude over her with his hand going up and down.
“I heard that same man saying, ‘In the name of Jesus Lord God, Demons, I command you.’ Or something like that,” Huckadoo recalled. “He thought he was doing an exorcism.”