Chicago Tribune

Dahleen Glanton: Hadiya Pendleton murder trial reveals ugly and controversial world of police interrogations

The police had witnesses. They had details in the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, supplied by gang members.

Now they had two suspects in custody, but there was no physical evidence linking them to the crime. What they needed to "put the puzzle together" was a confession.

Kenneth Williams, who was convicted Wednesday of driving the getaway car, had asked for a lawyer early on. They would get nothing from him.

But Micheail Ward, the then-18-year-old alleged gunman, wasn't that smart. He asked for cigarettes, but he never requested legal representation.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune4 min read
Lawsuit Alleges Code Of Silence Emboldened Chicago Cop Involved In Beating To Feel 'Untouchable'
CHICAGO - A Chicago police sergeant who allegedly beat two men outside a popular nightclub in the Andersonville neighborhood last year was emboldened by a code of silence within the Police Department that allowed him to remain on the force despite a
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Cubs Fall To Cardinals, 2-1, On Yadier Molina's 2-run Single
CHICAGO - Yadier Molina has spent much of his career tormenting the Cubs, and on Friday afternoon he delivered a huge blow to the Cubs' playoff hopes in a 2-1 Cardinals win at Wrigley Field. Molina's two-run single off Steve Cishek in the sixth innin
Chicago Tribune6 min read
Commentary: A Small Town In The Heartland Redesigned Its School To Prevent Shootings. But Architecture Can't Ensure Kids' Safety.
FRUITPORT, Mich. - Should the school your child attends be designed to thwart a mass shooter? "Yes," people say in this west-central Michigan village, where the tallest structure - a yellow water tower with a smiley face - bespeaks small town innocen