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Uncle of girl charged in Chicago teen's killing found guilty

CHICAGO --A jury found a Chicago man guilty on Saturday in the murder of a 14-year-old allegedly killed by his niece in 2014, reports CBS Chicago.

Donnell Flora was convicted on charges of first degree murder and attempted murder in the death of 14-year-old Endia Martin. Flora was accused of giving a gun to his niece, who allegedly shot Martin.

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The jury deliberated for less than two hours before delivering the guilty verdict. The decision was praised by Martin's stepfather, Kent Kennedy.

"Without him, our daughter Endia Martin, would still be alive," Kennedy said.

On Friday, Flora testified that he gave the gun to his niece to give to another relative.

"Bad judgement isn't criminal, being stupid isn't criminal, making a negligent mistake is not criminal," said Flora's attorney Joel Brodsky. "Criminal means you intended to do a criminal act and I don't think he ever intended to do a criminal act."

Flora's attorney says he plans to appeal, saying second-degree murder or child endangerment would've been more appropriate.

Martin was shot and killed during an argument with several girls in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. They had reportedly been involved in a feud involving harassment on Facebook about a boy.

The teen accused of shooting Martin is awaiting trial in juvenile court.

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