Michael Conner Verkeke later died after being stabbed multiple times in the back by his older playmate.
“I just stabbed someone. Come and get me. I want to die,” is allegedly what the 12-year-old told a 911 operator in a “calm” voice, according to Glenn Stacey, the man who lent the boy his phone to make the call, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Jamarion Lawhorn—whom The Root is naming because he is being charged as an adult—faces an “open murder” in the death of 9-year-old Michael Conner Verkeke, whom he allegedly stabbed multiple times in the back at a Kentwood, Mich., playground on Monday.
Jamarion pleaded not guilty on Tuesday afternoon before the county family court, the Free Press notes, and is currently being held without bond.
“This charging route was taken because if a juvenile is charged as a juvenile in juvenile court, the judge would have no option but to discharge at the age of 21,” Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Laura Clifton explained to the Free Press.
Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS