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Jury finds teen guilty in Brunswick baby murder

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Updated: 8/30/2013 11:22 pm
MARIETTA, Ga. -- It took a jury less than two hours to boil down two weeks of testimony and make a decision. DeMarquise Elkins is guilty of all charges in the Brunswick murder of 13-year-old Antonio Santiago.

"There were no winners in the courtroom today," said public defender Kevin Gough.

He and the rest of Elkins' defense team were obviously disappointed in Friday's verdict. For the past two weeks, they've been working hard to take the focus away from Elkins, even going so far as to suggest maybe baby Antonio's parents killed him for insurance money or maybe the mother's mental illness made her an unreliable witness.

Assistant public defender Jonathan Lockwood said in his closing arguments, "Even after they accused her of killing her own child, she kept laughing and cutting up with them at times, and threatening to sue them. Very bizarre."

Prosecutors painted a very different picture. They said Elkins is nothing more than a cold-blooded killer, an armed robber who preyed upon the weak.

District Attorney Jackie Johnson said, "He pointed that gun right between that baby's eyes (and said,) 'Give me your money or I'm going to shoot your baby. The mother said, 'Please don't shoot my baby. Please don't shoot my baby.'"

Throughout the trial, Elkins sat at the same table as his mother. Karimah Elkins was charged in this crime as well. She was found guilty of trying to cover up her son's crime by throwing the murder weapon in a fishing hole.

Johnson said, "The one in a million gun, that an hour before he was arrested, he hides under a sofa. The one in a million gun that his sister and mom show up to go hide," Johnson said.

In the end, the jury sided with the state.

Elkins, 18, faces life in prison. His mother, Karimah Elkins, faces 10 years. No sentencing dates have been set yet but appeals are already planned.

There's still one more teenager charged in this case, 15-year-old Dominque Lang. He will have a separate trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

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