A Brunswick, GA, police detective spent much of Wednesday morning being cross-examined in a Cobb County courtroom in the case against 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins.
According to police in Glynn County, GA, Elkins tried to rob Sherry West on March 21, while she was walking her baby in a stroller. When West told Elkins she didn't have any money, Elkins became violent.
"He says, 'Well, I'm going to kill your baby,'" West told a reporter in the days following the shooting. "And I said, 'please don't kill my baby!' I put my arms over my baby, and he shoves me, and then he shot my baby right in the head!"
Detective Angela Smith spent a combined five hours on the stand being cross-examined by public defender Kevin Gough, regarding collection of evidence around the crime scene and the apprehension of the suspects. At one point, Gough suggested that Smith was under pressure to make a quick arrest following the shooting.
"I was not under any pressure to make a case," said Smith. "However, I was concerned as a mother of four children that an arrest needed to be made very quickly. Because it is my opinion that if a person will shoot a baby, they'll shoot a police officer, and they'll shoot anybody else. So the pressure was to get the individuals off the street."
Dominique Lang, 15, was also called for cross-examination by attorneys after lunch. He is accused of being an accomplice to Elkins during the shooting. The defense team was attempting to have his testimony suppressed because Lang lacked credibility.
However, Judge Stephen Kelly denied the motion to suppress that testimony, cititng the fact that Lang would have had plenty of chances to observe Elkins following the shooting, therefor making him a credible witness.
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