Lamar Davenport's mother screamed that Morgan Freeman was responsible for E'Dena Hines' death as her son was sentenced to 20 years in prison with an additional five years of post-release supervision.
Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter was stabbed to death on August 16, 2015, on West 162nd Street in NYC, according to Daily Mail. At the sentencing of 33-year-old Lamar Davenport, things got heated as the defendant's mother lost her cool and yelled at the Oscar-winning actor, blaming him for his granddaughter's death. During the sentencing, Davenport was 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 while she was being escorted out of the court in New York according to Page Six.
She added further, "He's innocent! It was an accident!" Lamar Davenport was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree in May 2018. He stabbed his 33-year-old girlfriend, E'Dena Hines, 25 times in the presence of horrified onlookers. In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said, "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."
Hines' mom Deena Adair was seen wiping away tears as she left the courtroom after the sentence was delivered. It is said that Davenport was high on drugs when committing the heinous crime. A witness present at the scene said that during the attack Davenport had screamed "I love you. I always loved you. God would have wanted this." Davenport was taken to the hospital after his arrest, where he was given sedatives. The moment he gained consciousness, he started shouting again saying, "Why did this happen? No, no! Why God?". He also asked the officers if they believed in Jesus and asked them to repent for their sins. Davenport, who is a rapper by profession, was living together with Hines in a $780,000 home that Morgan Freeman had reportedly paid for.
Witnesses also claim that Hines and Davenport didn't have a smooth-sailing relationship. He is said to have had children with other women. While Hines is not related to Freeman by blood, he has been taking care of her ever since she was a child. Hines is actually the granddaughter Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, Freeman's first wife. He adopted Hines' mother Deena Adir when he married Jeanette. In his affidavit, Freeman wrote that it was him and Adir who raised Hines. He even acted as a surrogate father to her. He helped raise her after her parents divorced when she was only three-years-old.
He said, "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." Morgan Freeman was once linked with Hines romantically, but he denied the rumors. During the trial, it was alleged that Hines had once texted Davenport and told him that she had 'grandpa feelings' towards Freeman. However, Davenport's lawyers also told jurors that Freeman had a sexual relationship with Hines. “The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers,” Freeman said in a 2012 statement, according to the New York Post.
In a separate statement, Hines wrote: “These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, [but] they are also hurtful to me and my family.” Davenport was sentenced to 20 years in prison in January 2019. On his granddaughter's death, Freeman said, "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." Hines was quite regularly spotted with Freeman during movie premieres. She was a budding actress. Besides this, she had a personal website and according to it, she was an actress and writer who lived in New York City. She studied at New York University's Graduate Acting Program.