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Closing arguments could come in Brunswick baby trial

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Closing arguments could come Friday in the murder trial of a teen charged with shooting a 13-month-old Brunswick boy in the face during an attempted robbery.

De'Marquise Elkins, 18, and another teen are charged with shooting the child, Antonio Santiago, and his mother in March as they walked home from the post office.

Late Thursday, the child's father, Louis Santiago, took the stand. He testified he went to the hospital the day his son was killed and comforted Sherry West, the mother of his baby.

The defense has suggested that Santiago and West were connected to their son's killing, perhaps to get $5,000 in insurance money.

Earlier Thursday, a man who told police Elkins was the man who pulled the trigger took the stand. Argie Brooks said he was given key information about the murder from a woman he lived with.

However, defense attorneys tried to discredit Brooks' testimony. They told the court that Brooks has already received $2,000 in reward money and will receive another $8,000 if Elkins is convicted.

"I have no deal with anyone," testified Brooks. "You got a deal with the police department don't you?" pressed defense attorney Kevin Gough. "The police department is the one writing the checks for you aren't they?"

"I guess so, yes," replied Brooks.

Elkins is facing a long list of charges in Antonio's murder as well as in the shooting of a Brunswick pastor just days before the killing.

The trial was moved from Brunswick to Cobb County because of all the publicity in Brunswick.

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