On Monday evening, 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn repeatedly stabbed 9-year-old Michael Conner Verkerke in the back with a kitchen knife at a mobile home park near Grand Rapids, Michigan and is now being charged as an adult in the crime.
According to police, Verkerke was playing with his 7-year-old brother, 9-year-old best friend and Lawhorn. After being brutally stabbed, Verkerke ran home and collapsed on his porch. An ambulance rushed him to the hospital, but he died from his wounds. No one else was hurt in the attack.
No motive has been released as to why Lawhorn began the attack. Witnesses say they saw four children having fun at the playground and all of the sudden, they heard screams.
Lawhorn went to a nearby home and asked to use a phone. Glen Stacey recalls the conversation as the young boy he described as "very calm" dialed 9-1-1:
“I gave him my phone and I heard him tell the 911 operator, ‘I just stabbed someone. Come and get me. I want to die.’ It was just a sad situation.
Stacey said Lawhorn told him no one loved him and admitted to taking "multiple pills earlier in the day."
As officers arrived, they rushed to the victim who was bleeding out on his porch. But Lawhorn began yelling to them, "Hello, I’m right here. You’re going the wrong way!” When officers came into Stacey's yard, Lawhorn walked to them with his hands out to be handcuffed and arrested.
On Tuesday, Lawhorn pleaded not guilty in juvenile court. Under that system, he is considered an adult and could face life in prison. If convicted, he will first be sentenced as a juvenile and then re-sentenced later after he turns 21. For now, he is being held until the preliminary hearing on August 13.
Source: CBS Detroit