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Ga. Teen Convicted Of Killing Baby To Be Sentenced

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release
By KATE BRUMBACK

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia teenager convicted of fatally shooting a baby in the face while trying to rob the child's mother faces sentencing before a judge who could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

A jury convicted 18-year-old De'Marquise (deh-mahr-KEES') Elkins of murder last month in the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.

The boy was in his stroller and out for a walk with his mother in coastal Brunswick when he was shot between the eyes. The boy's mother and a younger teenager charged as an accomplice testified Elkins killed the child after his mother refused to give up her purse.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Under Georgia law, Elkins must be sentenced to life in prison -- with or without the possibility of parole.


Associated Press Release
By KATE BRUMBACK

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- A jury has convicted an 18-year-old man of murder in the shooting a baby in a stroller in coastal Georgia.

Jurors deliberated about two hours Friday before finding De'Marquise Elkins guilty of the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick.

The man's mother, Karimah Elkins, was on trial alongside him and was found guilty of tampering with evidence but acquitted of lying to police.

Prosecutors said Elkins killed Antonio in an attempted robbery. The baby's mother, Sherry West, also was shot.

The two-week trial was held near Atlanta because of pretrial publicity.

Another teen, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, is also charged with murder in the case and is set to be tried later.


Associated Press Release

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- The prosecution is expected to rest Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a baby as he sat in his stroller in coastal Georgia.

DeMarquise Elkins is charged with murder in the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick.

Prosecutors say Antonio was killed in an attempted robbery and that ballistics and other evidence implicate Elkins. The baby's mother, Sherry West, was wounded in the shooting.

Prosecutors said Monday they expected to wrap up their case Tuesday. Then the defense will begin presenting testimony and evidence.

The trial is being held in Marietta because of pretrial publicity.

If convicted, 18-year-old Elkins faces up to life in prison. His mother is on trial alongside him on charges of evidence tampering and lying to police.


Associated Press Release

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- The 15-year-old co-defendant of a man accused of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller during a robbery attempt in coastal Georgia said the 18-year-old counted down twice before firing the shot that killed the baby.

Dominique Lang testified Thursday he was walking with Elkins March 21 when they saw Sherry West with a stroller.

Lang says Elkins demanded West's purse. Lang says Elkins pulled out a gun when West refused, hit her in the face with it and threatened her baby.

Lang says Elkins fired at the ground and then shot West in the leg. Lang said he saw Elkins point the gun at the baby and heard a third shot.

The trial is being held in suburban Atlanta because of publicity in the case.


Associated Press Release

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- A Brunswick police detective spent about three hours testifying in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a baby as he sat in his stroller.

WGCL-TV reported that Det. Angela Smith was cross examined Wednesday by public defender Kevin Gough in the trial of 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins. Gough questioned Smith on the collection of evidence near the crime scene.

Elkins and 15-year-old Dominique Lang were arrested in the late-March death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. Authorities have said the two targeted the boy's mother, Sherry West, during in an attempted armed robbery in which West was also wounded.

Police have said Elkins shot Santiago after West told him she didn't have any money. Lang, his accused accomplice, was also called for cross examination after a lunch recess.


Associated Press Release

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Five months after a Georgia toddler was killed in his stroller by a gunshot to the head, a teenager charged as the gunman is scheduled to stand trial.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the murder trial of De'Marquise Elkins. He's charged with killing 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick on March 21.

Police say 18-year-old Elkins opened fire during an attempted robbery after the child's mother refused to give him cash. A 15-year-old boy charged as an accomplice, Dominique Lang, told police Elkins fired the gun and is expected to be a key witness.

Elkins' defense attorneys have suggested in pretrial motions that the toddler was killed by his parents.

A judge moved the trial 325 miles away to an Atlanta suburb because of pretrial publicity.


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