MARIETTA, Ga. -- Sherry West isn't on trial. But the mother of the murdered Brunswick baby is under the microscope.
The defense team for her son's accused killer, DeMarquise Elkins, is painting the picture that West is a drug-addicted, mentally ill, unfit mother who may not be as innocent as she seems. And a member of West's family is helping them make their case.
West's daughter, Ashley Glassey, tearfully testified that her mother called her just a few hours after Antonio Santiago, 13 months, was shot in the face during an attempted robbery.
Glassey said, "She asked me how long I thought it would take to get the life insurance policy. For the check to come."
She said, "The whole conversation just didn't settle well with me."
Glassey said her mom's story kept changing. She said she called detectives to encourage them to take a closer look. Then she told her story to the media.
She said, "She was very, very mad at me. And she told me I have no business talking to the news. If they ask me anything, just tell them I have nothing to say. She said absolutely do not, do not talk to anyone until after the trial."
Glassey said that was the last conversation she had with her mother. It was a conversation that could cast a reasonable doubt that DeMarquise Elkins killed West's baby in cold blood. That doubt is all his attorneys need to keep the teenager from going to prison for the rest of his life.
Sherry West did admit she had taken out a $5,000 life insurance policy on her son shortly after he was born. She said she used a portion of it to cover burial expenses. She used the rest of it to move out of her apartment.