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Murder charge in death of Freeman's step-granddaughter

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 8/17/2015 Jane Onyanga-Omara

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A man was charged with murder Monday in the death of Edena Hines, actor Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter.

Hines, 33, was found lying in the street in front of her apartment on West 162nd Street in Manhattan at about 3 a.m. on Sunday. She had multiple stab wounds to the chest and was later pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

Lamar Davenport, 30, who is believed to have been in a relationship with Hines, was taken into custody at the scene and charged in the early hours of Monday, the NYPD said. The department earlier said he was undergoing a psychological evaluation at a hospital.

"The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer," Freeman said in a statement issued to USA TODAY by his rep, Stan Rosenfield. "Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace."

Hines, who according to her website studied acting at New York University, is the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife.

Contributing: Cindy Clark

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