Morgan Freeman reportedly blamed for his granddaughter’s death after her killer gets 20 years
The family of Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter E'Dena Hines insists that the actor caused her death in 2015. Her killer was just sentenced.
After Lamar Davenport was sentenced to 20 years for killing Hines in 2015, allegations surrounding Freeman once again emerged.
Freeman and Hines were said to be close before the 33-year-old passed away. She was the daughter of Deena Adair, whom Freeman and his previous wife Jeanette Adair Bradshaw adopted.
Though they later separated, Freeman remained in contact with his step-granddaughter. But Davenport's lawyers accused Freeman of getting sexual with Hines when she was younger.
Soon after her son was sentenced, Davenport's mother spouted the same accusation. In the courtroom, the 33-year-old's family all screamed that it was the actor's fault according to Page Six news.
Outside, Davenport's mother yelled at reporters that:
"Morgan Freeman molested her and he caused this. He did this."
In an emotional rampage she added:
"[My son] is innocent! It was an accident!"
Freeman vehemently denied all allegations of sexual abuse that Davenport's family claimed happened. In a text, Davenport's attorneys claim Hines once said she has "grandpa feelings," but no other material has shown proof of the allegations.
In August 2015, witnesses saw as Davenport stabbed his then-girlfriend 25 times on the sidewalk of West 162nd Street of New York City. Afterward, he woke up in the hospital and asked God why this had happened.
He was said to have PCP and alcohol in his system at the time of the attack. One witness reportedly heard him shout: "I love you. I always loved you. God would have wanted this."
Hines, an aspiring actress, died at around 3 a.m. Harlem Hospital confirmed her death. Later, Davenport urged arresting officers to offer repentance for their sins.
Morgan Freeman sitting | Getty Images
The judge reduced his charge from murder to manslaughter during his trial in 2018. Judge Ellen Biben gave Davenport 20 years for the crime.
Freeman remembered Hines in a tributary statement
"The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer,"her distraught grandfather. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace."
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