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Lang: 'I wasn't active in the crime'

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Updated: 8/22/2013 8:28 pm
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dominique Lang is a murder suspect at just 15 years old. He took the stand Thursday, appearing clean-cut and nervous.

Lang told the jury about the first day he met DeMarquise Elkins. He said it was the same day 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot between the eyes and killed.

Lang said Elkins asked him, "Did I ever rob somebody before?"

"What did you tell him?" asked Liberty Stewart, assistant district attorney.

"No," Lang replied.

Lang said Elkins flashed a gun, and was looking for someone to rob. Lang said that's when they saw Sherry West pushing a stroller through their Brunswick neighborhood.

Lang said Elkins confronted West.

"Like he walked up to her and asked her a question," Lang said.

"What did he ask her?" Stewart said.

"'Give me your purse,'" Lang said.

When she didn't, Lang said Elkins hit West in the face.

Lang said Elkins gave West another chance to hand over her purse. He counted down from five.

"And then he threatened the baby," said Lang.

After that, Lang said he heard three gunshots. He said he saw Elkins fire one shot to the ground. He said the second shot hit West in the leg. He said he didn't see where the third shot landed, but he knew the gun was aimed at the stroller.

The defense then started its cross-examination. Lang started to shut down.

Assistant public defender Jonathan Lockwood said to him, "You would have to agree that you're not the most honest type of person, wouldn't you?"

"Yes, sir," Lang said.

Lockwood started poking holes in his story, calling him a liar, saying he's just as guilty as Elkins, because Lang paid his aunt $5 to give Elkins a ride from the scene.

"So paying money for a murderer to leave, or to get away from the scene, is not wrong in your mind?" Lockwood asked.

"I didn't know he shot that baby at that time," Lang said.

Lang admitted he was walking with Elkins that day. He admitted he saw the baby's mother get shot. But he said he's an innocent bystander, because he didn't know Elkins was capable of killing a baby.

Lang and Elkins each face life sentences if convicted. Lang is set to get a trial of his own, despite talk he has made a deal with the state.

Elkins' mother, Karimah Elkins, is also on trial right now. She's accused of hiding the gun. The trial is expected to last two weeks.
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nataliehill420 - 9/6/2013 2:31 PM
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nativejax - 8/23/2013 7:19 AM
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I believed his attorney has him saying ONLY what is going to save his ass. He may or may not have been in on the shooting, but Sherri West's testimony will reveal more of what this younger boy said or done, I'm sure. I also think Elkin's was trying to prove to the boy he was 'tough thug' from New Jersey, and Lang got caught up in this unintentionally. But there is NO DOUBT Elkin's should be charged with a 'hate crime'. That baby deserves justice, and we should demand it.

wishmistress - 8/23/2013 2:37 AM
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btw, "'Give me your purse,'" is not a question.

wishmistress - 8/23/2013 2:35 AM
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This little sht is not a politician! Although, I'm sure if and when he gets out of jail, he could be on the Democratic ticket. He's a little liar and needs to go down for his participation.

Realchange - 8/23/2013 1:08 AM
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I feel for this kid. Snitches where he is at don't live long. Many you probably outraged at him but keep this in mind. If his testimony puts a murderer behind bars that should warrant some consideration in to certain extent. I have seen government workers of the highest office lie with no consquences. One being Jax own prosecutor in the case of Trayvon Martin. I have watched as Presidents lie about veterans being cared for by the VA and recognized for their illnesses. All the while instructing the VA to cheat veterans and deny them justice. Why are those criminals not brought to justice as well ? Oh I forgot we put them in office that make it legal for them to lie, cheat and let people die without justice.
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