BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Tensions ran high inside and outside the Glynn County Courthouse Friday.
A local pastor clashed with the New Black Panther Party while the sister of a suspect in Antonio Santiago's murder wept before the judge during her first court appearance.
Karimah Elkins, 36, and Sabrina Elkins, 18, the mother and sister of De'Marquise Elkins, 17, went before a county magistrate today for the first time since being indicted.
Both are charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm for allegedly disposing of the suspected murder weapon.
Sabrina Elkins burst into tears when Judge Timothy Barton told her she would not be awarded bond today.
Present in the courtroom were members of the New Black Panther Party and a well known local pastor, Kenneth Adkins.
Both Adkins and members of the NBPP got into a heated exchange on the front steps of the courthouse.
According to Adkins, the group's presence is exactly what Brunswick does not need.
"It's about healing for the family of the victim but also a message that as an African American we need to take back to our communities and help people be better. Help people do better and not spread the message of hate," said Adkins.
Judge Barton will hold a full bond hearing for both women sometime next week.