Jamar Pinkney Jr.jamar pinkney

Jamar was only 15 years old when his own father shot him while he was begging for his life. It started when his younger half sister said that Jamar had touched her inappropriately. Jamar’s mother called the father and told him. The next morning Jamar’s father would show up, beat him make him strip and go out side to an empty parking lot. There he would make Jamar get on his knees. While Jamar and his mother were begging him not to shoot, Jamar’s father shot him in the face and killed his own son. 

Jamar Pinkney Sr. Executes 15-Year-Old Son Accused of Molestation
By Pete Kotz in Child Abuse, Sex crimes, bizarre, homicide
Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 2:17 pm

When Lazette Cherry learned that her 15-year-old son may have improperly touched his 3-year-old sister, she called ex-husband Jamar Pinkney Sr. to let him know. But dad went ballistic.

He arrived at Lazette's Highland Park, Michigan home and forced 15-year-old Jamar Jr. to strip naked. Then he marched the boy to a vacant lot and forced him to kneel. Mom and Jr. pleaded for him not to shoot. "He got on his knees and begged, `No, Daddy, No,' and he pulled the trigger," Lazette says. Jamar Jr. was dead, shot in the head.

Lazette apparently didn't know her ex would react so violently when she called to let him know about the apparent molestation. Though there's no details on what Jamar Jr. was accused of doing, Lazette seems to imply that it was improper touching, not rape. But she felt a duty to let dad know. "This isn't something you sweep under the rug," she says...

She's now distraught over the incident. "There wasn't nothing that my son wouldn't do for his father. He loved his father so much. There's no justification for what he did, you know, downright shoot your child. He didn't rape her or anything. So why did you have to come and take matters into your hands? We said we were going to get him help."


August 4, 2010
Michigan v. Jamar Pinkney: Dad kills his teen son as he begs for his life
Posted: 09:42 AM ET


Detroit, MI – On a bitterly cold Sunday last November, 15-year-old Jamar Pinkney Jr. was beaten, forced to strip naked at gunpoint, and marched outside his home into an empty lot. As his mother and grandmother looked on, the teen knelt before his attacker and was shot execution-style in the face. The trigger was pulled by his own father, Jamar Pinkney Sr.

The State of Michigan contends the elder Pinkney made an ultimate choice that day, between his son and his daughter, deciding to end Jamar Jr.’s life because of allegations he’d sexually molested his three-year-old half-sister.

The alleged sexual contact came to light that Saturday, when the three-year-old described to family members what she claimed her half-brother had done to her. She was rushed to the emergency room, but an examination there revealed no signs of assault, and Jamar Jr. emphatically denied having touched her inappropriately. Still, her parents were convinced something had happened; the young girl would not have come up with such ideas on her own.

At 1:30 a.m. that night, the teen woke his mother to make a confession; “I did it.” She put him on the phone with his father to beg forgiveness – but Jamar Sr. was furious and said simply he’d come by the next morning to talk.

Prosecutors say the father arrived at his son’s home that day with the clear intent to kill, likely planning a less conspicuous end for the boy but unable to get him alone because of the watchful eye of his mother, aunt, grandmother, and family friend. 

The defense, though, says the man who walked through the door was not a cold and calculating killer, but someone in great turmoil. Over an excruciating period of some twenty hours, Pinkney Sr.’s son had lied, then told half-truths, and finally came clean about vaginally raping his little sister, his attorneys say, causing the father to lose control. (Jamar Jr.’s mother denies that her son said this.) The appropriate verdict, says Pinkney’s defense team, is not murder, but rather manslaughter because of the extreme emotional duress the defendant was under. Jamar Pinkney Sr. will face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. 

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