Oct 24, 2016 8:54 AM

Trial starts for woman charged with giving gun to teen before murder

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago woman accused of supplying her 14-year-old niece with a gun that was used in the killing of a teenage rival is facing trial on federal weapons charges.

Vandetta Redwood has denied giving the weapon to her niece, who is now 17 and is charged with murder in the April 2014 killing of 14-year-old Endia Martin.

But prosecutors say cellphone video shows an agitated Redwood yelling outside a home where a group of teenagers was preparing to settle a Facebook feud over a boy. They say Redwood handed the loaded weapon to her niece and told her to shoot Endia.

The Chicago Tribune report recalls scene of the confrontation, describing it as a gathering of at least 20 people outside a home in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard in 2014, some armed with bottles, chains and metal pipes.

Several people overheard Redwood tell her niece to "shoot the bitch." Others told her to "fight fair, no weapons."

A 16-year-old girl was also wounded in the shooting.

The Tribune reports that the trial of 35-year-old Redwood is set to begin Monday in Chicago.

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