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12-year-old murder suspect in Kentwood was suicidal


KENTWOOD (WKZO) -- What was 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn thinking when he stabbed a 9-year-old in the back with a steak knife, killing him?

A 26-page report by Kentwood Detectives just made available to the media shows he was suicidal and wanted to take someone with him, he didn’t care who, and thought Michigan had the death penalty, because of what he saw on TV. 

9-year-old Connor Verkerke was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and died because of it.

Lawhorn told detectives he is bad, gets in trouble a lot, was teased in school  and wanted to die, and he thought killing someone else would accomplish that.