Child murder suspect wanted to die and "take somebody with him"

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The 12-year-old accused of stabbing and killing a 9-year-old boy on a Kentwood playground says he'd been planning the murder for over a year.

Court documents filed Friday also indicate Jamarion Lawhorn didn't know Connor Verkerke before using a steak knife to stab him in the back a still unknown number of times. The 26-page file contains the reports from the Kentwood police officers who investigated the Monday evening murder.

According to witnesses and statements made to police, Lawhorn wanted to kill himself and "take somebody with him." Lawhorn claimed he swallowed half a dozen pink pills he found in his family medicine cabinet, took an eight inch steak knife from the kitchen and walked a half mile to the small playground in the nearby Pinebrook Village neighborhood.

Connor Verkerke was there with his 7-year-old brother and an 8-year-old friend. Investigators say Lawhorn admitted he walked behind Verkerke and stabbed him an unknown number of times. Verkerke's brother helped him to their home 100 feet away; Lawhorn went to a nearby residence, borrowed the homeowner's phone and called 911 to tell police he'd stabbed someone and they should come and get him.

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To the question why he stabbed Verkerke, detectives say Lawhorn told them he wanted to die; if he killed someone he hoped he would be sentenced to die in an electric chair of by lethal injection. The 12-year-old told investigators he is bad, is always doing stupid things and gets in trouble a lot.


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