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Brunswick Baby Murder: Defense claims suspect did not have gunshot residue on him

Antonio Santiago, 13 month-old shot to death in Brunswick
Antonio Santiago, 13 month-old shot to death in Brunswick
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Updated: 7/31/2013 10:45 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The public defender for De'Marquis Elkins says the teen suspect did not have gunshot residue on his hands after 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot and killed.

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Elkins attorney did not provide lab evidence to back that up. But Action News did find lab reports saying the baby's parents tested positive for gunshot residue the night after the shooting.

Action News' Jamie Smith sat down with Antonio's mother, Sherry West, and asked her how she and husband Louis Santiago could have tested positive.

"My baby was shot. I was shot near my head and of course there's going to be GSR everywhere," said West during an exclusive interview on July 15. As for her husband, West said, "He may have touched my clothes in the hospital if there was GSR."

Elkins' lawyer also says a gun recovered after the teen's arrest is not the murder weapon. Police, however, say it was the gun used to shoot baby Antonio.

Police have also charged Elkins sister and mother with trying to hide the gun.

Another teen, Dominique Lang, is also charged with the baby's murder.


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nataliehill420 - 9/6/2013 2:35 PM
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c9bcrewman - 8/8/2013 2:47 PM
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how come the naacp doesn't raise an uproar about a black killing a baby? they should condone it. but they are quiet. but if it was a white person doing the killing they will raise hell.

Warnin - 8/1/2013 6:30 PM
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The real problem her is that the "black community" is starting up a "they are being framed" campaigned, knowing that a wanna be gang banger would never do anything like this. That is an even bigger problem! The black community in Brunswick GA isn't saying anything - they know the perp and they think he's guilty and that is what is going to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt in court. The underground "black press" is trying to turn this into another Trayvon Martin situation and again we are going to find out exactly who the perp is and "the Star" is not going to decide anything -they never do!

nativejax - 8/1/2013 5:27 PM
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All you said is 'probable', but Zimmerman was found guilty before his trial even began and even after he was found innocent, the THUGS and thug lovers of this Country want to bend the law to get revenge for a guilty verdict..So I really do not care HOW the justice system works for this child, as long as it works. Bending over backwards and kissing ass is NOT my style, just because a bunch of loud mouths still use that sadsack excuse of 'oppression' when one of their own finds themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Realchange - 8/1/2013 12:41 PM
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First off if they got a gun that was disposed of and it's not the murder weapon then we have problem. Second make sure the evidence supports the case. GSR on the husbands clothes is very very strange. Keep in mind if the husband killed the child, and then palmed the gun off onto the boys that would make him guilty of murder and framing someone. We had similar case in Melrose don't forget. A man took his girlfriend there to murder her. Had his friend show up stopped to meet him they shot her in the head then said a black man she knew had robbed him and her. He gave up his wallet she fought to keep her purse and then the so called black man shot her in the head. Turns out he and his friend murdered her so his Wife would not find out he had child by his girlfriend for some reason. Needless to say Melrose was on edge looking for black man till the police caught the real murderer. Make damn sure this black person did this crime before you convict him. Make damn sure the parents in this case didn't kill their child somehow by accident, or on purpose. Then framed someone else for it. If they did such heinous thing bring back electric chair and fry them both. I detest the Trayvon Martin (Martin was criminal in every sense of the word) case, but that does not blind me to the fact that some black men are railroaded by the system sometimes. Make sure evidence, witnesses, and timeline support what actually happened.

jacksonville21 - 8/1/2013 1:05 AM
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How in the hell do these lawyers live with themselves? Don't give me that "It's just a job" crap. This baby boy was shot in the face while his mother walked him in a stroller in the middle of the street in the middle of the day. My next question is, how in the f--- do the people in the media live with themselves when they sensationalize that stupid Trayvon Martin debacle, but this barely gets a sniff on the network news. Sometimes I think humans are lower than animals.

nativejax - 7/31/2013 11:18 PM
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Of course the nasty thugs lawyers are going to say all this crap to cast doubt, but forensics will prove it all.
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