A witness is sharing new details about the murder of E’Dena Hines, the granddaughter of Morgan Freeman, after she was murdered in 2015 by her boyfriend, Lamar Davenport.
The New York Daily News reports the witness testified Tuesday that Hines’ last words were “Why are you doing this?” as her boyfriend repeatedly stabbed her.
Cristina Aviles testified that she and her friends witnessed Davenport stabbing Hines 25 times as they walked past an apartment building. Aviles told reporters at the Manhattan Supreme Court, “We really wanted to do something, but we were scared he was gonna attack us, too.”
Davenport, who was under the influence of PCP at the time of the murder, is charged with second-degree murder and faces 25 years to life in prison.
The woman testified that Davenport was ranting about the devil as he killed Hines, saying he wanted to exorcise “the demon out of her.”
Aviles, who now lives in Miami, flew from the city to testify. She adds, “I wished I didn’t have to come back, but I felt bad. I wanted to help [Hines] out. I want justice, just like everybody else.”
Prosecutors say Davenport was lucid enough to form the intent to kill, but his attorney says he’s not guilty by reason of insanity because he was under the influence of PCP. He is expected to argue that Davenport should be found not legally responsible due to the effects of the drugs.