ST. PETERSBURG — First, Javarick Henderson Sr. lost his mother in a brutal stabbing.
Then, later that day, he would find out whom police were pointing to as the killer: his 13-year-old son, who shares his name.
Henderson, speaking to WTSP Ch.-10, said he was “lost for words” at the situation. He also said he wants people to know his son was a good kid.
“Everybody knows my mama was a good lady, loving lady,” Henderson said. “I’ve got to deal with my son. I want everybody to know he was a good, good child, also. Never got in trouble, no fights.”
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said.
Henderson’s son, Javarick Henderson Jr., is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of his grandmother, Gloria Davis, a 56-year-old mail carrier. He and his 12-year-old half-brother were staying at Davis’ house overnight Sunday.
Early Monday, St. Petersburg police received a 911 call of a person down. Officers responded and found Davis dead with multiple stab wounds.
Detectives arrested Javarick that afternoon. His half-brother told detectives that he heard screaming and loud noises from the kitchen area, police said. Javarick was found with cuts on his hands and red marks on his body, covered in blood. He told his half-brother that he “did something bad and not to call 911 ... because he needed time to think," a detective wrote in the report.
The elder Henderson declined an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, as did the child’s mother, who lives in Clearwater.