MARIETTA, Ga. -- All the witnesses have been called. All the testimony has been heard. And soon, a jury will decide whether DeMarquise Elkins is the one who shot a Brunswick baby between the eyes.
The teenager's defense team wrapped up its case late Thursday. But not before grilling the victim's father, Louis Santiago, about where he was and what he was doing the March morning his son, Antonio, was killed.
Public Defender Kevin Gough said, "So you were across the street from the shooting when the shooting took place, by your own testimony."
Santiago said, "No, the shooting didn't happen there."
It was the final attempt by the defense to implicate Santiago in his son's murder. It was a final attempt to take the focus away from Elkins.
The defense attorneys did everything they could to implicate the parents in the crime, even playing on the mother's mental illness, saying it made her an unreliable witness. They said Sherry West's illness made her unable to say for sure Elkins was the one who tried to rob her, the one who shot her baby right in front of her.
West cried, "We loved that little boy, a bunch."
Now, a jury will decide if the defense created the reasonable doubt it needs to keep Elkins out of jail for the rest of his life.
Closing arguments begin Friday morning.
DeMarquise Elkins and his mother, Karimah Elkins, are being tried together. She's accused of hiding the suspected murder weapon. Both decided not to testify.