*The man who stabbed Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter to death was convicted of first-degree manslaughter Monday, but acquitted of second-degree murder.
There was no dispute that Davenport stabbed his girlfriend to death while they were high on PCP. But the case centered on whether he meant to murder her, per oxygen.com.
Davenport’s defense argued that the couple regularly used drugs, and that he was so high on the hallucinogen PCP that he couldn’t form the criminal intent necessary for a murder conviction.
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“His mind had detached from reality,” Annie Costanzo, one of Davenport’s attorneys said during closing arguments in the case last Wednesday. She argued in court that Davenport stabbed Hines 25 times because he thought it would release a demon trapped inside her.
Evidence in the trial, including a video the couple made while high on the drug, established that PCP use was a regular part of the couples’ life.
Prosecutor Christopher Prevost had argued that “drug abuse is no excuse for murder,” and that Davenport should be held “accountable for his acts.”
Hines’ grandmother was once married to Freeman.
“The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer,” Freeman said in a statement after Hines’ death.
Davenport’s sentencing is set for May 29.