The 30-year-old aspiring rapper, now accused of murder, has had previous brushes with the law

By Steve Helling
Updated August 19, 2015 04:05 PM
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When Morgan Freeman‘s 33-year-old step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, was found stabbed to death on Sunday, authorities quickly turned their attention to her boyfriend, 30-year-old Lamar Davenport.

Within hours, the NYPD had charged him with murder, based largely on witness statements that Davenport was allegedly performing an “exorcism” on Hines.

The killing has shocked those who knew the couple.

“The whole thing came out of nowhere,” Hines’ friend Tami Dunn tells PEOPLE. “No one expected this.”

A Troubled History

But PEOPLE has learned that Davenport has had other, less serious legal troubles, with at least six arrests in two different states.

In 2010, he was charged with petit larceny in New York. That same year, he was charged with possession of marijuana. (Both charges were later dropped.) In 2014, he was arrested by L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with cocaine possession. He agreed to go to rehab but skipped out on a February court hearing. A judge signed a bench warrant for his arrest.

There were other issues, as well. Last January, he was taken to a Pennsylvania hospital for a drug-related incident.

“E’Dena knew he had dealt with issues in the past, but she really cared about him,” says Dunn. “That was very clear.”

Davenport, who has two young children, had studied English literature at New York University but ended up working in an auto parts store.

“He was really smart,” says Dunn. “But I just assumed he didn’t have a lot of ambition. I just assumed that was his problem. I guess it went a lot deeper than that. It’s really sad.”

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