DETROIT – Jamar Pinkney, Sr. took the stand Wednesday to explain the murder of his 15-year-old son Jamar Jr. back in November.
Police say the teen was shot in broad daylight, while naked, in a field outside his mother’s Highland Park home. Less than 24 hours earlier, Pinkney was told that his son sexually assaulted his three-year-old half-sister.
The girl was checked out at Children’s Hospital in Detroit where an ER doctor testified that the child didn’t show any signs of abuse. But the child’s pediatrician did notice something. “I was still concerned because my daughter still had a memory of my son doing something to her,” Pinkney testified.
Pinkney told the court his son had always been a good kid, so he didn’t want to believe what he heard was true. However, hours after the hospital visit, Jamar Jr. called his father in the middle of the night and admitted to the inappropriate behavior.
Filled with anger, Jamar Sr. stormed over to his son’s house, yelled at the teen, ordered him to strip off his clothes and then marched him outside. He told the court he felt completely out of control. “He walked to the field. He dropped down to his knees. I walked up behind him and shot him in the head,” said Pinkney.
The testimony was too much for Jamar Jr.’s mother, who left the courtroom in tears.
Pinkey’s trial resumes on Thursday.