Rap­per ‘Lil Shawn’ on trial: Fi­ancee of mur­der vic­tim says she could not ID killer

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY ANDY GRIMM, STAFF RE­PORTER [email protected]­times.com | @agrimm34 Shawn Ran­dall

A woman who had been stand­ing be­side her three chil­dren when their fa­ther was gunned down tes­ti­fied Fri­day that a de­tec­tive told her to pick Chicago rap­per Shawn “Lil Shawn” Ran­dall out of a photo lineup.

Ran­dall, 22, was charged with the mur­der of 22-yearold Val­lan Fran­cis af­ter be­ing iden­ti­fied by Fran­cis’ fi­naceé, Keisha Le­flore, as the man who shot Fran­cis in front of the cou­ple’s West Rogers Park home.

Le­flore now lives out of state and re­turned to tes­tify only af­ter a court or­der, As­sis­tant Cook County State’s At­tor­ney Holly Kremin noted. Fri­day, Le­flore re­canted her 2015 grand jury tes­ti­mony, say­ing she told de­tec­tives at the time she couldn’t iden­tify the shooter.

“I was ac­tu­ally showed a photo line-up and one of the of­fi­cers pointed him out,” said Le­flore, who spoke softly, slumped in her seat, and wore a win­ter coat dur­ing nearly two hours of tes­ti­mony.

“I told them my kids’ fa­ther may have said (Ran­dall’s) name. I felt like from that, they just took ad­van­tage of me.”

Le­flore, who wiped tears from her eyes as she ex­ited the court­room, was pros­e­cu­tors’ only eye­wit­ness to the July 17, 2015 shoot­ing.

Ran­dall and Fran­cis were in dif­fer­ent gang fac­tions. When Ran­dall biked past the cou­ple as they were on their front porch in the 2800 block of West Arthur, Fran­cis be­came con­cerned. The cou­ple was mov­ing their chil­dren, then ages 3, 4 and 7, into the house when a gun­man — his face mostly con­cealed by the cinched-up hood of a sweat­shirt — opened fire.

Le­flore, on Fri­day, tes­ti­fied she knew Ran­dall — one of her 5,000 Face­book friends — and had seen him around the neigh­bor­hood.

Chicago po­lice Det. Adam Katz tes­ti­fied he showed Le­flore six sus­pects’ pho­to­graphs, and Le­flore im­me­di­ately picked out Ran­dall. Le­flore was not told which photo was Ran­dall, Katz said.

The trial is set to re­sume Mon­day.

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