Man charged with stabbing Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter to death

Edena Hines with Morgan Freeman
Edena Hines with Morgan Freeman

A 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of actor Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter on a Manhattan street.

Lamar Davenport, of New York City, was charged with second-degree murder today, a day after 33-year-old Edena Hines was found lying on the street with multiple stab wounds to the chest.

Police say Davenport was in a relationship with Ms Hines.

She was found in front of her apartment building on West 162nd Street and was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

There are reports that the killer was attempting what he thought was an exorcism, according to eyewitnesses.

“’Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!’ ” the suspect screamed, according to George Hudacko, who witnessed the attack from his window in Washington Heights.

“The girl was making a lot of noise, screaming. I saw something sparkly going up and down. … I called 911, I was begging them to come" he said.

The boyfriend reportedly continued to stab E’Dena in the torso even after she had stopped screaming and her body had become lifeless. The 30-year-old was still screaming at her when law enforcement officers arrived at the scene.

Freeman issued a statement saying that "the world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer".

Ms Hines had studied acting and was involved with teaching urban youth. She is the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife.