Shooting suspect’s aunt, 2 more men charged in girl’s slaying
BY TINA SFONDELES AND JON SEIDEL Staff Reporters May 1, 2014 2:09PM
Endia Martin wanted to visit Paris and Rome and join the Navy or go to college, her stepfather said. On Monday, April 28, 2014, the 14-year-old girl was gunned down in a shooting that her parents suspect was related to a Facebook feud with another girl.
Updated: June 3, 2014 6:25AM
An aunt of a 14-year-old girl accused in the fatal shooting of a former friend knew her niece was headed to a confrontation with a gun Monday and didn’t try to stop her, prosecutors said Thursday.
Vandetta Redwood, 32, has been charged with mob action and obstruction of justice related to the shooting death of Endia Martin, also 14. On Thursday, Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Redwood held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Prosecutors said Redwood “did not distance herself or try to stop” the confrontation in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard that authorities have said began with a Facebook fight over a boy.
Kuriakos Ciesil repeatedly asked prosecutors whether video taken during the fight — where prosecutors said about 20 people were present and bottles and pipes were used — showed Redwood’s involvement. After the judge delayed Redwood’s hearing over the issue, prosecutors said the video shows her “in close proximity to her niece.”
Redwood’s public defender said there’s no proof Redwood was involved.
Also charged in connection with the case was Robert James, 34, who was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail on Thursday. He was charged with disorderly conduct and selling a firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. Prosecutors said James’ gun was used in Endia’s murder, but his public defender said it happened without his knowledge.
James bought his Smith & Wesson revolver from Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale in February 2012, court records show. He sold it in November 2013 but reported it stolen on April 15, according to those records.
In a statement Thursday night, Chicago Police said James “illegally transferred” that weapon to a Chicago man, Floyd Evans, selling it to him in November 2013 and filing a false police report that said the gun had been stolen from a car. Evans, 43, of the 200 block of East Ohio, was charged with illegally buying the weapon without a valid FOID card, in addition to a parole violation, police said. Evans was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 for the misdemeanor Friday. Authorities in Georgia also have a warrant for Evans’ arrest for financial identity fraud, prosecutors said.
Police said that weapon later ended up in the hands of Donnell Flora, 25, who allegedly gave the gun to his niece, the 14-year-old girl charged with killing Endia.
Flora, who has used a wheelchair since he was paralyzed in a shooting in 2010, took a bus to deliver the gun to his niece on Monday, prosecutors said Wednesday. He met her in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard, where Endia was fatally shot, prosecutors said.
Flora brought the .38-caliber revolver to the girl knowing there would be a fight, prosecutors said. On Wednesday, a judge ordered him held on $3 million bail. Flora, of the 8300 block of South Buffalo, is charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.
At Flora’s bond hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said the 14-year-old girl, revolver in hand, got into a scuffle before the shooting. Someone tried to knock the gun away, and a 16-year-old girl swung a chain with a lock on the end of it.
Moments later, shots were fired as Endia fled, and a bullet hit her in the back. A 16-year-old girl was hit in the arm.
Santini said the gun was passed back to Flora but it ultimately ended up in the hands of a 17-year-old boy, who was charged as a juvenile Tuesday with hiding the weapon.
Contributing: Mitch Dudek and Becky Schlikerman