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Cook County jury convicts getaway driver of murder in teen's slaying

CHICAGO - In the moments after a Cook County jury on Wednesday found a reputed gang member guilty of Hadiya Pendleton's murder, her mother sat still, her face neutral as she absorbed the verdict.

Cleopatra Cowley continued to maintain her composure as she walked outside the courtroom and down the seventh-floor hallway.

But when she reached the first floor of the Leighton Criminal Court Building, before she got to a crowd of waiting reporters, she stopped and wept, letting the tears roll down her face as she doubled over and her upper body heaved with emotion.

The seven-man, five-woman jury had taken just 2 1/2 hours to convict Kenneth Williams on all

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