Defense begins calling witnesses in Brunswick baby trial
COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
The prosecution in the Brunswick baby trial rested on Wednesday and the defense began calling witnesses.
De'Marquise Elkins, 18, is accused of killing 13-month-old Antonio Santiago and shooting his mother during an attempted robbery in March. A second teen, Dominique Lang, is also charged in the killing.
Elkins' trial was moved from Brunswick in Glynn County to Cobb County because of all the publicity.
The defense is attempting to discredit Santiago's mother, Sherry West, who testified she witnessed the shooting. Lang has also testified he saw Elkins kill the child but the defense has said he lied to police repeatedly.
The first defense witness called to the stand Wednesday was West's daughter, Ashley Glassey.
"She asked me how long it would take to get the life insurance policy, for the check to come in," testified Glassey in tears.
West testified she had a $5,000 life insurance policy on her son but that the money went to his funeral and for moving expenses after his murder.
Glassey told the court her mother suffered from schizophrenia and had memory problems. She testified West told her different versions of what happened the day of the murder.
"She said the one kid shot Antonio then shot her, but then she changed the story," testified Glassey.
West told police Elkins shot her first then turned to her child and shot him in the face.
After hours of testimony on Tuesday, West returned to the stand briefly on Wednesday. The defense tried to discredit her accounts of the murder day. They pointed out that West was shown pictures of possible suspects and identified the shooter as Lang, not Elkins, at one point during recent questioning.
"Did you not put a checkmark underneath the picture of Dominique Lang when you were shown those pictures two weeks ago?" asked a defense attorney. "Yes," replied West.
Late Wednesday, the jury watched a video of an interview that West did with investigators. The defense is attempting to show jurors she was confused and incoherent at times.
Testimony resumes on Thursday.
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