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Brunswick Baby Murder: Parents on the defense

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Updated: 8/02/2013 7:08 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The search for justice for baby Antonio continues.  The 13-month-old boy was shot and killed back in March.

Police say two teenagers tried to rob the baby's mother.

Those teen suspects are DeMarquise Elkins, 17, and Dominque Lang, 15.

Three more people were arrested on charges they tried to cover up the crime, all members of the Elkins family.

Mom, Karimah Elkins, and sister, Sabrina Elkins, are accused of hiding the suspected murder weapon.  And aunt, Katrina Elkins, is accused of lying to police by providing DeMarquise with an alibi.

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In just three weeks, DeMarquise, Karimah, and Sabrina will go on trial.  And with the clock ticking, attorneys on both sides have spent the last two days combing over evidence, getting their cases ready for a jury.

Louis Santiago isn't on trial, but the father of the murdered baby found himself on the witness stand Friday.  Still jailed on charged he had been stalking the baby's mother, Sherry West, Santiago relived that day when his baby was killed, and when he comforted West.

"I just held her and she was just crying," said Santiago.

He said he was at Walmart at the time of the shooting.  But the defense isn't convinced.  It recently released a GBI report showing Santiago had gunshot residue on his hands after the murder.  Evidence, the defense said, that Santiago had been around a weapon.
Santiago said the gunshot residue could have gotten on his hands when he touched West after the shooting.

He said, "I saw a bullet hole for the first time. And I was just curious. I had to look. Like a kid."

As the defense worked to divert attention away from the Elkins family, the family sat quietly at the same table, never exchanging a look.

DeMarquise, 17, faces the most serious charges.  Police say he was the one who fired the fatal shot at the baby's face.  His mother and sister are accused of helping hide the murder weapon.

They are set to go on trial Aug. 19 in Cobb County, Georgia.  The trial was moved to a different city because of all the pretrial publicity. 

Sherry West, the baby's mother, was also subpoenaed to testify Friday.  The defense has questioned her competency, saying she has mental health and drug abuse issues.  She's one of two witnesses to the shooting.

The other witness is the other teenager charged with the murder, Dominique Lang, 15.  He will have a trial of his own.  As will Katrina Elkins.

Their trial dates have not yet been set.
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sequoia - 8/26/2013 6:56 PM
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Black America has been taken over by the sub-human spawn of generations of sexually promiscuous women who will sleep with anything and society must pay for the consequences. I am so sick and tired of the rant about racism; I couldn't care less if I'm called a racist. BABIES NEED MATURE MOTHERS, WOMEN AT LEAST IN THEIR MID TWENTIES, AND BABIES NEED FATHERS. THE PROMISCUITY OF GEGERATIONF OF BLACK WELFARE SLUTS HAS CREATED THE MONSTER THAT IS BLACK AMERICA...... And few Black leaders will own up to it. " They got to give them jobs.....They got to give them opportunities....They They They.....What about Asian immigrants? What about every developing country in Asia? Why do we need to outsource so many jobs? Generations of fatherless adults lack the basic manners, civility, interpersonal skills....and on and on, to make a productive life...That is, unless they get a free handout through affirmative action programs....Enough Already!

nativejax - 8/3/2013 9:26 PM
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The dad already admitted to touching his deceased son in the stroller...'residue'.

MikeSP - 8/3/2013 1:09 PM
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Recall Elkins' mother, sister, and aunt are also accused of trying to get rid of a gun. The only way this would have played out is if Elkins had gone to them, with the gun, and told them the story. Otherwise, why would they have thrown the gun away. This fact alone casts doubt on the parents doing the shooting.

doug1 - 8/3/2013 8:45 AM
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hey i can solve this racial b.s. lock them up with the n33i lowriders.ved. why is Ms West a crack ho? these people aren't black they're a bunch of ni333r azz welfare pimp momma hos. mass executions shoild be brought back to kill this dogs333. lowlifes. where's al and jesse now? they should stay away. because it's needle time for everyone involved. doug1.

AnnInquirer - 8/2/2013 9:46 PM
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Why on earth title the article this way? Is it to start another racially divisive situation for rating? Do you know the racial hatred that is going on in the blogs all over the nation over this? ... The hateful things people are saying about "a white(butt) crackhead, lying hoe."? And I quoted nicely. It is obvious the defense is grasping at straws since Lang has already said he was with Elkins when Antonio was shot. Why is this not referred to in order to keep things grounded? And why is it not quoted that the GBI did not say that any gun residue was from the gun that shot Antonio? Why is it not the headline that the father said that he could have gotten the residue from hugging West, as he stated? I watch my country go downhill with more racial hatred than I have seen since the 60s and the media is causing part of it. Please be more responsible.

nativejax - 8/2/2013 6:48 PM
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I am sure LOUD MOUTHS, Al and Jesse will start crying 'oppression' for Elkins too before this is all over.
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