Attorneys defending Lamar Davenport, the man accused of stabbing to death Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter, introduced evidence of text message exchanges in which the victim talked about her “grandpa feelings.”
“E’Dena Hines disclosed to Davenport and others that her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her,” Davenport’s lawyer Annie Costanzo told the court on Friday, reading a stipulation agreement signed off on by the prosecution.
The news seems to confirm years-old allegations that Morgan took Edina as one of his many lovers. As noted by The New York Daily News, 80-year-old Freeman has been denying the claim since 2009 when The National Enquirer reported that the Oscar-winning actor carried on a years-long sexual relationship with Hines.
Three years later, gossip sites reported that the pair were actually planning to wed.
But both Freeman and Hines shot down the rumors.
“The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers,” Morgan said in a statement.
Hines, then 27, said the claims were bogus but painful.
“These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family,” she said at the time.
It was not immediately clear why the disclosure of their alleged romantic relationship might be relevant to the case.
Prosecutors say Davenport, 33, stabbed his girlfriend roughly 25 times in a drug-fueled attack outside the victim’s apartment. His lawyers are mounting an insanity defense, claiming he was high on drugs at the time of the murder.
“My opinion was that he lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions and know the nature and consequences of his conduct,” defense expert Jeremy Colley testified Friday.
“Mr. Davenport did not possess the intent to kill Ms. Hines.”
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