A witness who saw Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter take her last breath in 2015 after her boyfriend reportedly stabbed her to death, took the stand on Tuesday during the suspect’s murder trial in New York.
New York Post reports that 22-year-old Cristina Aviles said she and her friends were too frightened to interfere as they watched Lamar Davenport, 30, repeatedly stab E’Dena Hines, 33, as he straddled her on the ground on 162nd Street in Washington Heights. The incident occurred at around 2:50 a.m. on August 16, 2015.
“They were arguing. She was on the [ground], and he was on top of her, restraining her, stopping her from getting loose from his grip,” Aviles testified. “I proceeded to call the cops. He was yelling things about releasing the devil out of her. And then he pulled out a knife.”
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Avile also said that the suspect raised the knife to his forehead each time before stabbing Davenport in her back repeatedly. As Hines turned over while trying to escape, the suspect allegedly stabbed her in the chest and neck.
“She was on her stomach, and then she somehow flipped over, and he stabbed her on the chest. She was trying to get away from him by pushing him and kicking him…..And then he stopped after she was still.”
While lying on the ground dying, Hines asked one question to Davenport, according to Aviles.
“Why are you doing this?”
Aviles said she was afraid Davenport would start stabbing her as well if he stepped in, so instead she called 911. When the dispatched asked her to perform CPR on Hines, she explained Davenport was still on top of the victim.
Freeman adopted Hines’ after he married Jeannette Adair Bradshaw, the victim’s grandmother. He continued to help raise Hines’ after he divorced Bradshaw in 1979. Freeman’s second wife, Myrna Colley-Lee, formally adopted Hines during her marriage to Freeman.
“The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer,” the actor said when learning Hines passed away.
[Feature Photo: E’Dena Hines and Morgan Freeman via AP/Evan Agostin]