Jury selection begins in toddler murder trial

MARIETTA, Ga. — Prosecutors and lawyers defending a teen accused of shooting to death a toddler in a Brunswick stroller began the process of picking a jury.

The 12-member jurors will decide whether De’Marquise Elkins is guilty of murder, aggravated assault, attempted robbery and cruelty to children. His mother, Karimah Aisha Elkins is also on trial for evidence tampering and giving police false information.

De’Marquise Elkins is accused of the March death of 13-month-old Antonio Angel Santiago on a Brunswick street while his mother, Sherry West, pushed his stroller.

The case was moved to Cobb County Superior Court because of the level of news coverage, but all but 11 of the 45 prospective jurors said they had heard something about the case. All but three said in questioning Monday morning that they could set aside what they knew so far and try the case fairly based on courtroom testimony.

The Cobb County residents making up the pool of prospective jurors include 27 women and eight minorities, including a pastor, a pregnant woman and several with children younger than 2 years old.

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