According to Yahoo! News on Saturday, court documents filed on Friday show that a 12-year-old boy was accused of fatally stabbing a nine-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground. The papers state that the killer said he did not know the boy he killed, but he did it so he could go to jail.
After the stabbing, Michael Connor Verkerke ran to his mobile home in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids and collapsed on the porch. He later died at the hospital.
Investigators said the older boy left the playground, went to a nearby house to use the telephone. He was overheard telling the 911 operator to send the police to come pick him up and kill him because he wanted to end his life.
The documents filed in Kent County Circuit Court identified the twelve year old as Jamarion Lawhorn who repeatedly stabbed Verkerke. Lawhorn told investigators he's "bad and always does stupid things." He also said he thought he'd be killed for doing something like this.
Fox 5 reports that the younger boy was playing with three other children when one of the children, for an unknown reason, pulled out a knife and repeatedly began stabbing.
Lawhorn said he didn't know how many times he stabbed the boy. At first he said he wasn't concerned for the victim, but later said he was concerned because "it made him feel stupid," according to the investigator.
Lawhorn was charged with murder. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said his office has not determined whether the fatal stabbing will be first or second degree murder. Lawhorn will be tried in a juvenile court as an adult. This means if he is convicted, he could be sentenced as a juvenile and then as an adult once he turns 21.
Lawhorn's court-appointed attorney, Charles Boekeloo, entered a not-guilty plea for his client after the stabbing of Verkerke. Lawhorn is being held at the Kent County Detention Center. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 13.