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Damaging testimony at the Elkins trial

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Updated: 8/26/2013 7:58 pm
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Week two of the DeMarquise Elkins trial began with some pretty damaging testimony. The 18-year-old Brunswick man faces life in prison if convicted of killing a 13-month-old baby while trying to rob the baby's mother.

For the first time, the jury saw the .22-caliber revolver prosecutors say Elkins used to murder Antonio Santiago. And testimony from Elkins' friends and relatives didn't help his case.

Family friend Danielle Williams testified that Elkins came to her apartment the day of the shooting, hoping to hide his weapon.

She said, "He asked can he put his weapon under my couch."

Later that day, she said Elkins' mom, Karimah, and his sister, Sabrina, came to pick it up.

Cousin Ronald Elkins said he unloaded the gun.

District Attorney Jackie Johnson asked him, "What did you do with the bullets?"

Ronald Elkins said, "I gave it to Karimah."

"And what did you do with the gun?" asked Johnson.

Ronald Elkins said again, "I gave it to Karimah."

The jury also heard from a friend who said he drove Karimah and Sabrina to a fishing hole, the same place where prosectors say the murder weapon was found.

Willie Merrell said he never saw a gun, but he might have heard them talking about one. He said, "I heard a splash. But that's all. I didn't see anything."

The testimony painted an ugly picture for the mother and son, who are on trial together. Karimah Elkins is accused of lying to cover up her son's crime.

A GBI expert testified that he couldn't say for certain the gun found in the fishing hole matched the bullets found in the baby and his mom, Sherry West.

GBI agent Brian Leppard said, "Microscopic examination of the bullet revealed that it could neither be identified or eliminated from the weapon, due to a combination of damage and a lack of sufficient individual characteristics."

The state's case is winding down. But we're still waiting to hear from another witness -- the baby's mother, Sherry West. She's expected to take the stand Tuesday.
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Realchange - 8/27/2013 12:44 PM
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The damning evidence is that one the teens is testifying against the other. This eliminates reasonable doubt. Still highly suspect that 3 bullets fired and not one them matches the gun is bad. Makes me doubt they have the actual murder weapon and should look for other possible guns.

nativejax - 8/27/2013 9:09 AM
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And the truth shall set you free. I hope everyone that had a part in this goes to prison., ALL THUGS.
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