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West: 'Don't shoot my baby'

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Updated: 8/27/2013 11:27 pm
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A jury heard more than seven hours of testimony Tuesday, from the mother of a murdered baby.

Sherry West testified in the trial of the teenager accused of shooting her son, Antonio Santiago, between the eyes.

West relived the 13-month-old's murder on the witness stand, often finding herself on the defensive.

"He asked me if I wanted him to shoot my baby. And I said 'please don't shoot my baby'," she sobbed.

Santiago was killed March 21, the same day West said she came face to face with DeMarquise Elkins, 18.

She said she was walking home from the post office, pushing her baby in a stroller, when Elkins pointed a gun at her and demanded her money.
 
"I tried to stop him. And I put my arms over my baby, but he still shot him," said West.

After that, the questioning got personal. Public Defender Kevin Gough questioned West's ability to accurately remember things. He said it was a side effect of medications she takes for mental illness.

She admitted she was bipolar, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

Gough took it a step further, suggesting she was a drug addict and a bad mother.

He asked her, "Were you on cocaine the day that your child died?"
 
West said, "No.  And I never starved my children either."

The defense is trying to poke holes in her story, trying to create a reasonable doubt that Elkins is not guilty. That's all they need to keep the teenager out of prison for the rest of his life.

But West is sticking with her story. She said DeMarquise Elkins killed her baby even after she begged him not to. 

The judge finally called it quits around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.  But the defense isn't finished yet. West will be back on the witness stand Wednesday. 

Last week, we heard from the second teenager charged with the baby's murder.  Dominique Lang, 15, also testified how Elkins tried to rob Sherry West and how he counted down from five before firing the fatal shot between her baby's eyes.

Lang is also charged with murder.  He will be tried separately.
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stats dont lie - 8/29/2013 8:17 AM
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It's called sarcasm....

nativejax - 8/28/2013 10:47 AM
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No, with thugs like YOU, stats don't lie, you and your ilk will NEVER have peace in my Country. White people who don't like blacks are being given one reason after another NOT to. Shooting a child between the eyes is one of them. THIS pos will be hated the rest of his life, and GOD will have his will with him then. You loud mouths arn't wanting peace or equality, your wanting revenge and control of this Country. And I for one am not BRAINWASHED by your King OBama or the lies and ruses of 'racism' that's being used to destroy this Country with. Your just another sad little puke. Go listen to your loudmouth idiots you idolize. BOTH have lied and used you to make you THINK you are justified in your hatred to kill anybody you want. 'DREAM' on.

stats dont lie - 8/28/2013 9:04 AM
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The baby had it coming to him. I gotta go, going to the 50 yr MLK speech by my president in our nations capital. Peace

king kaos - 8/28/2013 8:49 AM
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This whole thing and the scumbag pd has been a sad poke in the eye of society. Remeber he tried to claim it was a drug deal gone bad and then when that didnt work it was a murder for hire? Either way, this lady could have been a crack head high on meth after beating her and the neighborhood kids for hours and that would have exactly WHAT to do with this cancer killing an innocent baby by SHOOTING HIM BETWEEN THE EYES??? AM I missing something??? Was the baby really a thug gangsta from round da way and he was about to pull his gat out and shoot Demsakgfdskifuanreq Elquingkadnfs so it was REALLY self defense? This PD should loose his law license, hes as much of a liar as the rest of them... its your job to present the truth, not to lie and cheat for your low life half human client... just sayin

nativejax - 8/27/2013 10:52 PM
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Kevin Gough is a joke.
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