As the psycho boyfriend of Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter viciously stabbed her to death on a Washington Heights street in 2015, the stunned dying woman asked him why he was hurting her, a witness testified at the man’s trial Tuesday.
“Why are you doing this?” E’Dena Hines, 33, gasped to her live-in boyfriend, Lamar Davenport, 30, according to the testimony.
E’Dena Hines and Morgan Freeman.Getty Images
Witness Cristina Aviles, a 22-year-old nursing student, recalled how she was walking on Edgecombe Avenue between 162nd and 163rd streets with a group of friends around 2:50 a.m. Aug. 16 when they came upon Hines and Davenport in the street.
“They were arguing. She was on the floor, and he was on top of her, restraining her, stopping her from getting loose from his grip,” Aviles said. “He was trying to keep her down. … I proceeded to call the cops.”
“He was yelling things about releasing the devil out of her. And then he pulled out a knife, and then he proceeded to stab her multiple times,” the young woman said.
“I was in shock when I saw him take out the knife. I don’t know where it came from.
“There was multiple stabs. The back, and then on the front of her chest and her neck,” Aviles said, recalling how the killer raised the knife to the level of his forehead before bringing it down again into Hines each time. “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,” the witness said. “After he stabbed her, she was still moving, but it was more like when you’re stabbed, the jolt of being stabbed. It was just like the jerking motion of being stabbed.
“And then he stopped after she was still.”
At some point during the attack, Hines — whose grandmother, Jeannette Adair Bradshaw, was Freeman’s first wife — asked her deranged beau why he was hurting her, Aviles added.
Prosecutors played a tape of Aviles’s frantic 911 call, in which she repeatedly exclaims, “Oh, my God!” in between giving the location and a description of what was happening.
“Oh no! She’s on the floor! I can’t believe I’m watching this! This f–king guy is stabbing her,” Aviles tells the operator. “This guy is crazy!”
The witness stayed on the line until the man was in the custody of police officers.
The Oscar-winning Freeman lamented at the time of Hines’ death, “The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer.”