The man who killed the step-granddaughter of Morgan Freeman after stabbing her 25 times in front of multiple eyewitnesses has been found not guilty of murder.
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. Davenport faces up to 25 years behind bars at his sentencing May 29.
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.