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13 year old convicted of murder for killing 9-year-old boy in playground

By Mason White 2:51 PM September 7, 2015
Jamarion Lawhorn 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A young boy in Michigan, was found guilty of murder for killing another boy in a playground.

Jurors in Grand Rapids, found 13-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a young child in Kentwood Park last August.

Lawhorn was charged as an adult. Lawhorn is being held in Kent County’s juvenile detention facility. Lawhorn stabbed 9-year-old Connor Verkerke until he died.

Lawhorn chose his victim at random. Defense attorneys attempted to use an insanity defense, but he was found to be competent to stand trial.

Defense attorneys also argued that Lawhorn suffered abuse at the hands of his mother and stepfather. However, a jury found him guilty of murder.

Lawhorn is likely to be held in a juvenile facility until he is 21. At that time, he will go before a judge and he could either be released or sent to an adult prison.