Attorneys For Suspects Speak Out in Pendleton Case

By: The AP
By: The AP

No bail for men held in girl's death

   CHICAGO (AP) -- A judge has ordered two men held without bail in the death of a 15-year-old Chicago honor student.

   Eighteen-year-old Michael Ward and 20-year-old Kenneth Williams are charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 29 death of Hadiya (hy-DEE'-uh) Pendleton. The girl was shot dead just days after she performed at events for President Barack Obama's inauguration. First lady Michelle Obama attended her funeral.

   Prosecutors say they have cellphone records placing Williams in the same area where Hadiya was shot. They say Ward told police his gang and a rival gang had been shooting at each other since 2010. Ward said the rival gang killed one of his friends, and he was still upset.

   Cook County Judge Israel Desierto denied bail for the two on Tuesday.

CHICAGO (AP) -- An attorney for a man charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl says his client was denied his request to speak to a lawyer for 48 hours. The other suspect's attorney says his client never admitted taking part in the shooting as prosecutors contend he did.

Both attorneys spoke to reporters after a Cook County judge ordered 18-year-old Michael Ward and 20-year-old Kenneth Williams held without bail on Tuesday. The men are charged in the Jan. 29 death of Hadiya Pendleton. The majorette was killed just days after performing at events for President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Ward's attorney, Jeff Granich, angrily accused the police of violating his client's rights. Williams' attorney, Matthew McQuaid, also denied that Williams is a gang member as prosecutors allege.


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