Kent County's 'youngest' convicted killer appears in review hearing

Lawhorn appears in court for review

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A year after being sentenced for fatally stabbing a boy, Kent County's youngest convicted killer is being described as suicidal.

Two years ago, 14-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn stabbed 9-year-old Connor Verkerke on a playground in Kentwood. At the time, Lawhorn was 12.

Lawhorn appeared in court for a delinquency review on Nov. 10, to shed light on his current mental health. His case manager, Melissa Emmorey, says that he has been struggling with depression. 

Emmorey says the court saw improvement in Lawhorn when his mother Anita Lawhorn was making attempts to contact and visit him. Anita Lawhorn served jail time for child abuse following the arrest of her son. 

According to court officials, Lawhorn is still processing the seriousness of the crime committed and is plagued with the idea that because he took a life he doesn't deserve to live. 

The judge proceeding over the review did not court order Anita Lawhorn to see her son, but instead, wants her visit him on her own accord. 

Lawhorn's case will be reviewed again in another six months. 

(© 2016 WZZM)


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