Teen found guilty on all counts in Brunswick baby murder - CBS46 News

Teen found guilty in Brunswick baby murder

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De'Marquise Elkins De'Marquise Elkins
COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

De'Marquise Elkins, 18, has been found guilty on murder charges in the death of a Brunswick baby. Jurors heard eight days of testimony but deliberated just under two hours before reaching a verdict Friday afternoon.

Elkins and other teen are charged with shooting the child, 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, and his mother, Sherry West, in March as they walked home from the post office on March 21.

Throughout the trial, the defense told the court the witnesses who pointed to Elkins as the gunman were "liars and thieves."

"While we respect the ruling of the court, we disagree with it," defense attorney Kevin Gough said after the verdict.

The trial was moved from Glynn County because of all the publicity. Gough said he was not happy with the make up of the all-white Cobb County jury.

"I can't speculate what went on in the jury room," Gough told reporters. "But what I can say is if you were a 17-year-old black man from Brunswick, Georgia and you were expecting a trial of your peers and 12 white people showed up to try your case, however intelligent, however hard-working and however impartial, you can understand Mr. Elkins would be concerned and his family would be concerned."

Elkins' mother, Karimah Elkins, was found guilty of tampering with evidence for trying to dispose of the gun prosecutors said was used in the killing.

Elkins' sentencing will be moved back to Glynn County though the hearing date has not yet been set.

The teen faces life in prison without parole.

"He's probably looking at a very, very long time in prison," said Gough. "He may well die in prison, regardless of whether he's eligible for parole. There is no more serious matter than a murder case."

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