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Trial begins for two men accused in shooting death of Chicago teen following President Obama’s inaugural festivities

August 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Trial begins for two men accused in shooting death of Chicago teen following President Obama’s inaugural festivities

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Associated Press – Testimony got underway in the trial of two men charged in the death of a Chicago teenager days after she participated in then-President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities in 2013.

Separate juries are hearing the cases against Micheail Ward and Kenneth Williams in the death of Hadiya Pendleton.

Former Chicago police officer Ronald Evans lives near the park where Pendleton was shot to death. He testified Tuesday he saw a man with a gun running from the shooting scene.

Evans said the man was wearing a “weird blue color” sweatshirt matching the one prosecutors produced.

Prosecutors also called a gang member, Ernest Finner, who testified he couldn’t remember the day Pendleton was shot.

Prosecutors said Finner gave them a detailed statement and testified before a grand jury that he overheard a nervous Williams confess to the shooting. When shown the sworn statement, Finner said he didn’t remember.

Lawyers for the suspects have called the state’s evidence deeply flawed and note that no physical evidence ties either defendant to the shooting.

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