Bond denied for men charged in murder of Hadiya Pendleton

Bond has been denied for two reputed gang members accused of shooting 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.

Micheail Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, are both charged with first degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Chicago police detectives arrested the suspects Saturday night as they were on their way to a strip club in Harvey to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

“I’m happy that they have these two guys and I’m glad that they charged them, but it’s not over yet,” said Hadiya’s father, Nathaniel Pendleton.  “I’m looking for the conviction.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says Ward has confessed to pulling the trigger and Williams is the accused getaway driver.

Detectives say the motive was revenge for a shooting back in July by a rival gang, in which Williams was wounded.  McCarthy says police made an arrest in that case, but Williams refused to press charges.

He says instead, on January 29 Ward and Williams mistook Hadiya Pendleton and her friends for members of that rival gang and shot at them, killing Hadiya and injuring two others.

“What rival gang goes and shoots girls?” Nathaniel Pendleton asks.  “They was a volleyball team.  To me, it wasn’t a rival gang thing.  They were cowards.”

McCarthy believes this tragedy could have been avoided if Illinois had mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes.

Ward, the accused shooter, was arrested in 2011 on a weapons charge.  He pled guilty and was sentenced to two years probation.

“This has to stop,” McCarthy told reporters.  “Gun offenders have to do significant jail time.  Criminals have to be held accountable.  And there has to be a certainty of punishment when we arrest somebody with an illegal firearm.”

The Chicago Tribune reports Ward was still on the street after he violated probation three times for break-ins and for trespassing.  In two of those cases the violations were never reported to the prosecutor or the judge.  Now the director of the Cook County probation office admits there was an oversight on the side of his department and he promises an investigation.

20 comments

  • Dwayne

    Maybe these criminals should be sent over to foreign countries where everyone carries guns and see if the can survive, send them to Afghanistan of Irag with there guns and lets see how tough they are then!!!!!

    • Gia

      Actually that IS where they live. During the war, more people died in Chicago from guns than all of the American deaths gun related or not.

  • Brian Millersmith

    Ah yes. jail time. That will solve everything. Give them the "badge of honor" they so dearly desire. Crowd the jails with gun violators – then when they're overcrowded – let out the bank robbers, rapists and child molesters. I say – BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY!!! Even for misdemeanors!!!

  • Dwayne

    In fact I agree with her father, all of them are cowards, put the guns down if you are so tough and fight with you intelligence, NOT!!!! I hope every gang member is reading this, and know that there are some individuals that are GLAD IDIOTS LIKE YOU are killing your own people. If i was the leader of your gang I'd put you out for being COWARDS and SISSIES!!!!

    • Mike Payne

      I am a PROUD SISSY — And I RESENT you using that term to describe SCUM LOWER THAN FECES.

      Sissies and Dykes serve in the Military now — PROTECTING Y O U R ASS — See what a Banger' does for YOU.

      C O W A R D S However is EXTREMELY APPROPRIATE!

    • Gia

      I find this story hard to believe frankly, if its a rival gang thing then they wouldn't go and shoot girls, unless they were in the rival gang, and in Chicago ive seen grandparents parents cousins sisters brothers, grandkids, neighbors, fireman, police and fucking mailman gang members, they simply trying to make an example now.

  • Mel

    ya it's crap that people with firearms get probation and no jail time, even though having the gun/firearm was ILLEGAL they still get probation. i had to do some jail time for a dui and i didn't even hurt anyone! i won't have my license back for 10 years but these types of idiots get away with WAY too much. lovely state we live in!

  • Denise

    All of the, "what should happen, what's going to happen" is important and justice should most defiantly be served to these young men that STOLE and innocent life. But it is time for our men to come forward and become role models and soldiers and stand up, and say, "no more will we sit by and watch you destroy our communities and kill our children" Brothers of courage should reach out to young brother who have lost their way, or think that their lives don't matter. Until "our" community becomes of courage this will never end.

  • messyjacksonjr

    Im surprised that CPD didnt try to pin this one Chief Keef.If he wasnt already locked up for violating his probation he wouldve been CPD's prime target.Lets wait til the evidence is revealed and these guys get their day in court,because i still find it hard to believe that this young man confessed to a murder when he knew the police didnt have a clue as to who did it chicagos finest are notorious for obtaining bogust confessionsou our tax dollars just paid 10.6 millions last month to a man that confessed to killing a security guard at McDonalds,yet 19 years later DNA proved that that man wasnt present at the time the robbery occured,so now how where is his CONFESSION?

  • Renee

    Yes, innocent until proven guilty, however one did confess after they mistook Hadiya as a companion of another rival gang member according to new reports.

    • messyjacksonjr

      Who was there to witness the interrogation or the so called confession?Gangbangers dont snitch on others so what makes you think they will tell on themselves,this yooung guy was shot before,the police had the shooter in custody and he didnt snitch on the person that shot him but he will rat himself out knowing that he is looking at a potential life sentence,REALLY?

  • Tinka_Lady

    OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!…..IT'S KIND OF FUNNY HOW PUBLICITY HELPS YOU CATCH A KILLER SINCE THE COPS CAN FIND THEM HOW COME SO MANY OTHER MURDERS GO UNSOLVED…????…YEAH I THOUGHT SO AT THE END OF THE DAY I SAY ITS ALL FOR PUBLICITY OBAMA I DONT HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH YOU BUT STEP UP AND TAKE CONTROL OF THE UNITED STATES EVERY SINCE YOU BEEN IN OFFICE THE WORD HAS LOST IT AND ITS ALL YOUR FAULT….TAKE A STAND …..BE A BETTER LEADER #FACTS FOR THE DAY!!!!!!

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