GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WLNS) – A 13-year-old boy who fatally stabbed a younger boy at a playground in western Michigan has been convicted of first-degree murder.
Jamarion Lawhorn, 13 is charged as an adult with felony murder. He will be sentenced as a juvenile and then re-sentenced as an adult when he turns 21.
The jury’s verdict in Kent County court was returned Friday after a three-day trial and four hours of deliberations.
There was never a dispute that the boy, who was 12 at the time, killed 9-year-old Connor Verkerke last summer at a playground in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids.
The jury had to determine whether years of abuse had wrecked his mental health and shielded him from criminal responsibility.
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