Hyde Park man charged in murder role

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

A Hyde Park man was charged with illegally selling the gun that was used in the murder of a 14-year-old girl two weeks ago.

Robert James, 34, of the 1300 block of East Hyde Park Avenue, was charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct — false report of offense — and one felony count of selling a firearm with no valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card.
Chicago Police Department said James was the initial owner of the gun but he sold it illegally in November 2013. He later filed a false police report saying the gun was stolen from his automobile.

The .38-caliber handgun was used by a 14-year-old girl who shot and killed 14-year-old Endina Martin on the 600 block of West Garfield Boulevard on Monday, April 28.

The suspect has been charged as a juvenile with murder.

Donnell Flora, 25, of the 8300 block of South Buffalo Ave., was charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery. Flora is the shooter’s uncle. He provided her with the weapon, police said.

A 17-year-old boy was also arrested in connection to the incident and charged after he attempted to hide the gun. He was charged as a minor.

Vandetta Redwood, 36, of the 6500 block of South Green Avenue, was charged with one felony count of mob action and one felony count of obstructing justice and destroying evidence.

Redwood was charged, police said, because she was at the scene of the shooting and failed to call police or take any actions to stop the confrontation. Redwood later denied to police that she was at the scene.

The gun was given to the shooter by Flora who knew it would be used in a fight.
A 16-year-old victim was treated and released from St. Bernard Hospital, 326 W. 64th St., for a gunshot wound to the arm.

Martin was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., where she was pronounced dead.

l.welbers@hpherald.com