Suspect in Hadiya slaying indicted on 141 counts of murder

Two suspects in the high-profile fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton pleaded not guilty today to dozens of counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges.

Michael Ward, the alleged shooter, was indicted on 141 counts of first-degree murder alone, prompting his attorney to blast Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

“I want to ask (Alvarez): ‘Why are you doing this?’ ” said Jeff Granich, Ward’s lawyer. “It’s ridiculous and stupid. It’s an extremely cheap way of getting attention. It’s a waste of paper.

“It’s a stunt,” he said.

The shooting of the 15-year-old has become a national symbol of Chicago’s scourge of gun violence.

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Kenneth Williams, 20, left, and Michael Ward, 18, right, charged with the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. (Police photos)

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