Mich. dad accused of forcing son into field, killing him

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) - A 37-year-old father irate over hearing his 15-year-old son had sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl made the teen strip at gunpoint, marched him to a vacant lot and shot him to death despite pleas from the boy and his mother, a relative said.

Michigan authorities filed a first-degree murder charge Wednesday against Jamar Pinkney Sr. in the shooting death Monday of Jamar Pinkney Jr. in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park.

Defense attorney Corbett O'Meara said prosecutors should consider evidence of the father's state of mind over the sex abuse report.

"If something were to happen that would cause a reasonable person to lose control of himself, that is something the prosecution would have to take into account," O'Meara said outside Highland Park District Court.

Tensions were high in the courtroom Wednesday as the handcuffed suspect was led into the room for the arraignment, which lasted less than a minute.

"No, No, No," one female relative cried before a police officer escorted her out.

Judge Brigette Officer entered a not guilty plea for Pinkney, who's also charged with assault, and ordered him jailed without bond until a preliminary examination Dec. 1.

"This is something that's hard to deal with for all the parties concerned, including the police," police Chief Ted Caldwell said afterward. "Highland Park is a small city. These are people who have been members of the community for years."

Caldwell said the sexual misconduct allegation that led to the confrontation wasn't part of the police investigation.

The shooting happened Monday night in a vacant lot in the once-prosperous city of 16,000, where decay, abandonment, fires and demolition have eaten away at many of the sprawling homes. Highland Park recently exited years of state financial oversight.

Visitors built an impromptu memorial at the shooting site. Two votive candles sat amid 10 stuffed animals, including two white teddy bears with red hearts embroidered with, "I love you."

The boy's mother, Lazette Cherry, told the Detroit Free Press that her son told her he had improper sexual contact with the girl.

"I called and told his father. This isn't something you sweep under the rug," she said.

Cherry said the elder Pinkney arrived at the home with a gun, ordered his son to strip and marched him outside despite her protests.

"He got on his knees and begged, 'No, Daddy, No,' and he pulled the trigger," Cherry said.

Cherry did not immediately respond to a message Wednesday from The Associated Press seeking comment.

 

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I agree totally with

I agree totally with mindmyown!!!!! How do we stop crime when it has gotten so far out of control? Well, if we took care of this crime pronto, then we would stop others from commiting the same. And, research shows, that these criminals usually will commit again. Full support to mindmyown!!!

Audrey Alcala's picture

I can't believe the defense

I can't believe the defense attorney feels they should consider the fathers state of mind at the time of the shooting. If they did this every time someone killed someone...no one would be convicted! He killed his son in cold blood for goodness sakes! Regardless of the fact that his son molested the 3 yr old...cold blooded murder was wrong!! My dear God!!! What is this world coming to? This man belongs in prison.....plain and simple!!!

Melissa  Dunn's picture

that is just soooo messed

that is just soooo messed up. i hope that he doesn't get off on the charges really. the law is in place to handle things like this. its not up to the father or anyone to kill/murder/take someone's life no matter what that person may have done.

Jenna Hart's picture

wow.

wow.

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