Teen Seeks Juvenile Trial In Georgia Baby Killing

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News Release: Associated Press News
Updated March 11, 2014, 7pm


BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia teenager charged as an accomplice in the fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy in his stroller wants his trial moved to juvenile court so he can avoid being prosecuted for murder -- a legal move the slain baby's mother says she opposes.

A judge Tuesday ordered a mental evaluation for 16-year-old Dominique Lang, who is charged as an adult with felony murder in the March 2013 slaying of young Antonio Santiago. Lang didn't pull the trigger, but he testified last summer that he accompanied an older teen who shot the child while trying to rob his mother in coastal Brunswick.

Georgia law doesn't allow juvenile courts to hear murder cases. Prosecutors haven't opposed the move, but Antonio's mother, Sherry West, said Lang should stand trial.

Associated Press Release

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A defense attorney for a teen accused in the shooting death of a coastal Georgia baby is arguing that police didn't properly search the area near the crime scene.

The Brunswick News reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1cw6ONw ) that a public defender representing De'Marquise (day-mahr-KEESE) Elkins filed a motion this week asking prosecutors to inspect storm and sewage drains near the area where 13-month-old Antonio West was shot.

Defense attorney Kevin Gough argues that evidence, such as shell casings, could have been carried downstream.

Authorities have said the boy was sitting in his stroller when 18-year-old Elkins and 15-year-old Dominique Lang tried robbing the boy's mother, Sherry West. Investigators have said the boy was shot after a brief struggle.

Elkins is charged with murder, cruelty to children, aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery.


Information from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com

Associated Press Release

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that comments made by a suspect in the shooting death of a Georgia baby can be used in his upcoming trial.

Police say De'Marquise Elkins shot 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in the face as he sat in his stroller on March 21. They say the 18-year-old suspect also shot the child's mother, Sherry West, after she refused to give him money in an attempted street robbery.

Glynn County Detective Roderic Nohilly said he and other officers were walking Elkins down a hall after interrogating him the day after the slaying. The detective said Elkins made some "spontaneous" comments about whether investigators had recovered a gun in the crime.

The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/14cJ1x7) that Judge Stephen Kelley ruled Friday that the statements can be used at trial.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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