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Brunswick Pastor speaks out about baby's murder

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Updated: 4/05/2013 7:10 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- They may be a small church, but this Sunday they have a big message. "We do not want to see this again," preached Reverend Ken Adkins.

Adkins is the pastor of Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship in Brunswick. And he is taking responsibility for the 17-year-old accused of shooting Sherry West and killing her 13-month old son. "I apologize. I put it on my shoulders as a pastor and as a leader that we did not do more," he said. 

And he wants churches to monitor at-risk students using a program Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford created. "If the state can give a child a probation officer, they should be able to give a child a pastor," Adkins said.

17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins and his grandfather were once members of Greater Dimensions. Sunday the congregation all prayed together, laying hands on every teenager and child, so they wouldn't fall into a life of crime.

"We are going to do everything in our power to make sure that this does not happen again," said Adkins.

He knows this won't do much to ease Sherry West's pain, but he says it will help keep other mothers like her from becoming victims to senseless crimes.

West told Action News that she is leaving Brunswick to move back with her family in South New Jersey. The St Vincent's De Paul Society is setting up an account to help her with moving expenses.


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david - 4/10/2013 9:00 PM
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Looking at the facts in the case, there is nothing that De'Marquise's attorney can say or do that will help his client. All the legal attacks against the mother are not going to help his client because the bullets that hit the pastor, the mother, and the baby came from the same gun that his 19-year-old sister threw in the pond. Bullets carry the finger prints of the gun that fired them. I would tell his attorney, "Riddle me that." The police probably found De’Marquise’s finger prints on the gun after they took it out of the salt water pond. The police found flash powder on his clothing and hands which shows he was the shooter. His friend is going to turn evidence against him to get a reduced sentence. Those pictures of his gang affiliations and his tattoos are going to convince the jury he is not a good person. There is store video of both of them together, so Dominique’s lawyer won’t be able to say they didn’t know each other. If he struck that woman then he's guilty as an accessory to murder and attempted robbery. The big question is who owns the gun that he used in the killing. Was the gun stolen in a burglary? Is the gun registered to a relative? Was the gun bought off the streets illegally? The serial number on the gun will tell police who owns the gun. The prosecution could bring theft charges for a stolen gun, or he could charge the owner for allowing someone under age to have possession of the gun. One of his relatives is a corrupt public official who was trying to intimidate witness from coming forward by showing his presence outside of court. The grandfather was saying in court, in a sincere way, that he was innocent, but at the same time the grandfather knew that his granddaughter had thrown the gun in a salt water pond. He should have told the judge where the gun was hidden while he was pleading with so much sincerity. I think the grandfather wanted to convince the judge to let De'Marquise out on bond, so he can help him escape on a fishin

Gunny48 - 3/25/2013 3:31 PM
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Good luck with the attempt, Pastor.

Realchange - 3/25/2013 2:38 PM
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As I said before racial tensions are running high because of the loud music SUV shooting. Black teens are running around with guns they cannot legally posses if something happens they ditch the guns. Do not rush to convict these boys though till evidence proves they committed this horrible crime. If the shoe had been on the other foot though and 2 white teens had shot black baby there would be rioting in the streets already.
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