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A 37-year-old father irate over hearing his 15-year-old son had sexual contact with a three-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 Oâ€™Meara said prosecutors should consider evidence of the fatherâ€™s state of mind over the sex abuse report.
â€œIf 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,â€ Oâ€™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.
Judge Brigette Officer entered a not guilty plea for Pinkney, whoâ€™s also charged with assault, and ordered him jailed without bond until a preliminary examination Dec. 1.
The boyâ€™s mother, Lazette Cherry, told The Detroit Free Press that her son told her he had improper sexual contact with the girl.
â€œI called and told his father. This isnâ€™t something you sweep under the rug,â€ 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.
â€œHe got on his knees and begged, â€˜No, Daddy, No,â€™ and he pulled the trigger,â€ Cherry said.
Last week, in a Detroit courtroom, Jamar Pinkney, Sr. was found guilty of executing his fifteen-year-old son, Jamar Pinkney, Jr. The 38-year-old father was sentenced to 37-82 years in prison and will be 75 years old at his earliest possible release from prison. His story is one of the many tragic stories of life on the wilding streets of Detroit.
And Iâ€™m the only person I know of (other than his attorney) to defend him. But I think he got a raw deal. Sadly, the Detroit mainstream media all editorialized against him in their coverage of the story.
You see, Pinkneyâ€™s son, Jamar Jr. raped his three-year-old sister. And while I donâ€™t condone executions for rape, we know that those who rape kids will do it over and over, again and again. There is no cure, and all the counseling in the world doesnâ€™t cure child molesters of their sickness. A fifteen-year-old boy is old enough to know that raping anyoneâ€“especially a three year old child who happens to be your sisterâ€“is wrong. In most jurisdictions, a 15-year-old is tried as an adult for such crimes.
And at age 15, this kidâ€™s warped, perverted behavior was likely a preview of his lifelong conduct, had he lived beyond that day. Via his execution, how many girlsâ€™ lives of pain, humiliation and lifelong mental problems from child-rape were spared? Quite a few, Iâ€™ll bet.