Woman charged in Endia Martin killing to remain in custody

CHICAGO (STMW) -  A woman facing federal charges in the shooting of 14-year-old Endia Martin was ordered detained after a bizarre morning hearing, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

“I didn’t do this!” Vandetta Redwood, 34, shouted during the hearing. She had to be removed, and later, she abruptly fired her lawyer, Sheldon Sorosky.

Redwood was accused in a federal indictment last week of supplying the loaded .38-special revolver allegedly used by a teenage relative to take Endia Martin’s life. She is also charged with possessing a firearm within 1,000 feet of Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School and Visitation Catholic School.

At Tuesday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve also indicated she would set a trial date next week, possibly for as early as May.

She pleaded not guilty during an arraignment after her arrest Thursday. The charges carry a maximum of 15 years in prison.

The teenage girl accused of pulling the trigger is awaiting trial in Cook County juvenile court.

Redwood dodged charges early on in connection with Martin’s murder. She was charged in the days after the April 28, 2014, shooting with mob action and obstruction of justice. But Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. dismissed the case weeks later, calling video evidence supporting those charges “choppy” and “poor.”

Donnell Flora, Redwood’s cousin, was convicted last month of first-degree murder in Martin’s death, as well as the attempted first-degree murder of another girl wounded in the incident. Prosecutors also accused him of providing the weapon to his niece, then 14, who then used it to kill Martin in the 900 block of West Garfield.

When called to testify in Flora’s trial, Redwood repeatedly invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

Flora, 27, admitted during his trial that he gave his niece the gun before she confronted girls who had been feuding with her on Facebook. But Flora insisted he told the girl to give the weapon to Redwood, and he saw her do so. Flora’s attorney said it was Redwood who coaxed the minor to pull the trigger by commanding her to “shoot the bitch.”

Martin’s best friend, Lanekia Reynolds, was also injured in the shooting. Reynolds had been fighting with the alleged shooter on social media after the two got into a heated spat over a boy, prosecutors said.

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