Sixth Person Charged In Murder Of Back Of The Yards Teen
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CHICAGO (CBS) – A sixth person has been charged in connection with the slaying of a 14-year-old girl in the Back of the Yards neighborhood this week.
Police said the gun used to kill 14-year-old Endia Martin on Monday passed through the hands of a Streeterville man before it ended up with the alleged shooter’s uncle.
Floyd Evans, 43, has been charged with possessing a gun without a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card, and failure to report to his probation officer.
Evans, of the 200 block of East Ohio Street, allegedly got the gun last year from 34-year-old Robert James, who is accused of illegally selling the gun to Evans, then later filing a false police report that the gun had been stolen.
James has been charged with selling a firearm to a person without a valid FOID card. He allegedly told police the gun had been stolen from his car two weeks before Endia was shot. Instead, police said he had sold it to Evans in November 2013. Police said James only reported the gun was stolen after learning Evans no longer had it.
Authorities have said the gun ended up in the hands of 25-year-old Donnell Flora, who then gave it to his 14-year-old niece, who allegedly used it to shoot and kill Endia, and wound a 16-year-old girl Monday afternoon. Police have not said how Flora obtained the gun, but prosecutors said he knew his niece planned to use it in a confrontation with Endia.
Flora, who is bound to a wheelchair after he was shot in 2010, allegedly met his niece in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard on Monday, before she confronted Endia, who was on her way home from school. Police have said Endia and the alleged shooter had been arguing over a boy before the shooting.
Authorities said the two had been friends from grade school, but had been feuding over a boyfriend, and the dispute escalated after they exchanged insults on Facebook, and ended with a deadly confrontation near Endia’s home on Monday.
After the alleged shooter and a group of people confronted Endia and her friends on Monday, the 14-year-old girl allegedly pulled the handgun from her waistband and pointed it at a woman in the crowd. Someone then swung a padlock on a chain at the girl, but missed her, and the 14-year-old tried to fire the gun, but it jammed. Authorities said she then gave the gun to someone in the crowd, who fixed it for her, and she pulled the trigger again, shooting Endia in the back as she tried to flee into a nearby house, and also striking a 16-year-old girl in the arm.
Prosecutors said the fight was recorded on a cellphone camera.
Flora and his niece both face charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the shooting, though his niece has been charged as a juvenile.
The alleged shooter’s aunt, 32-year-old Vandetta Redwood, also has been charged in the case. Prosecutors said she also knew her niece was headed to a fight armed with a gun and did nothing to stop her.
Redwood also is accused of lying to police about being at the scene of the shooting. She has been charged with obstruction of justice and mob action.
A 17-year-old boy also has been charged in connection with the shooting, for allegedly hiding the murder weapon after Endia was killed. He faces two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges in Juvenile Court.
Evans was due in court Friday afternoon.
Flora was in custody on $3 million bail. A Juvenile Court judge ordered his niece detained as a danger to herself and others.
Bail was set at $25,000 on Thursday for Redwood, and at $100,000 for James.