Prosecutors Rest Their Case Against 1 Suspect In Shooting Death Of Hadiya Pendleton

Jim Gudas
August 21, 2018 - 7:27 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The mother of a 15-year-old honor student took the stand Monday in the trials of the two men charged in connection with the teen's 2013 shooting death in a South Side park.

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton told jurors about what happened when she arrived at Harsh Park.

"I was talking to the officer and the officer was trying to assure me that Hadiya was going to be okay, and then I asked if I could talk to her and the officer said no, she is already in the back of the ambulance," she said.

She continued telling jurors about when she asked police about what happened to her daughter, King College Prep student Hadiya Pendleton, after she was shot.

"Someone came in and said that she had died," Cowley-Pendleton said.

Prosecutors rested their case against Kenneth Williams, the man accused by investigators of being the getaway driver.

Meanwhile the case continues against Micheail Ward, the man accused by prosecutors of firing the shots that they say were intended for rival gang members.

The prosecution's case includes a video of a confession to detectives, which the defense claims was coerced by police.