The two suspects accused of killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton pleaded not guilty Thursday to dozens of counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges.
Michael Ward, 18, the alleged shooter, was indicted on 141 counts of first-degree murder alone, prompting his attorney to blast Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
“I want to ask (Alvarez):’Why are you doing this?’” said Jeff Granich, Ward’s lawyer. “It’s ridiculous and stupid. It’s an extremely cheap way of getting attention. It’s a waste of paper.”
“It’s a stunt,” he said.
Kenneth Williams, 20, the alleged getaway driver, was charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Both Ward and Williams were also charged with two counts of aggravated battery, 10 counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of mob action.
Prosecutors say they shot and killed Pendleton while she was standing with friends in Kenwood Park on January 29th.
She was not the intended target. Two other teens were hurt.
The suspects have been held without bail since their arrests.
The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.