The brutality of the 2015 murder of Morgan Freeman’s 33-year-old granddaughter was on full display in a Manhattan courtroom at the start of her boyfriend’s murder trial Monday.
A witness to the fatal stabbing of E’Dena Hines outside the couple’s W. 162nd St. building described the horrific scene as the accused killer, Lamar Davenport, frantically knifed his partner 25 times in the chest, back and arm on Aug. 16, 2015.
The neighbor, who told a 911 operator the killer was “f–king crazy” and was “talking Bible f–king passages” during the frenzy, knew the aspiring actress was dead from the start.
I just walked up and he’s just stabbing her,” Xavier Gardere told the operator in recording of a call played in court. “I think she might be done.”
Gardere also testified about the grisly scene.
“He mounted her. He was just basically sitting on her hips,” said Gardere, 24, of Washington Heights.
“She was kicking. She was struggling at the beginning,” he added. “Really not too much toward the end.”
Davenport, 33, is charged with second-degree murder and faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison if he’s convicted. His attorneys are putting up an insanity defense on the grounds that he was driven to kill by a PCP-induced psychosis.
Gardere said Davenport was easily overpowered the victim, the daughter of a child adopted by Freeman and his first wife, Jeannette Adair Bradshaw.
He recalled the killer’s mad rantings during the killing.
“I love you. I always loved you!” Davenport babbled, according to the witness. “God would have wanted this.”
“He was saying that as he was stabbing her and when he was done he was just looking up toward the sky,” Gardere added.
Video of the stabbing was also shown at the bench trial in Manhattan Supreme Court. It depicts a helpless Hines pinned to the pavement and squirming as her crazed attacker repeatedly plunges a blade into her flesh.
Earlier in the day, Prosecutor Christopher Prevost argued that Davenport is indeed legally responsible.
“Whatever the effects of PCP were on his motivations to attack (Hines), his attack was purposeful, with the conscious objective to cause her death,” Prevost said in his opening statement.
He pointed to the cruelty of the crime to suggest the slaying was a personal, emotionally charged act of fatal domestic abuse.
His intent to kill her was “clear from when and how he stopped — with the final thrust of the knife into her heart,” Prevost added.