Cook County Sheriff's Office via AP

Opening Statements Set For Trial Of 2 In Killing Of Hadiya Pendleton

August 14, 2018 - 7:41 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled in the trial of two men accused in the 2013 shooting death of 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities.

Separate juries have been selected to hear the cases against Micheail Ward and Kenneth Williams in the death of Hadiya Pendleton. Opening statements begin Tuesday.

Pendleton was with friends at a park 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Obama's Chicago home when she was shot in what prosecutors say was a botched attempt at gang retaliation. Prosecutors allege the then 18-year-old Ward was the gunman and the then 20-year-old Williams was the getaway driver.

Lawyers for the suspects called the state's evidence deeply flawed and noted no physical evidence ties either defendant to the shooting.

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